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LigaA Round 29: Last-ranked Argentino beats Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in LigaA. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. It ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Bottom-ranked Argentino managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses on Friday night. This time newly promoted Argentino outleveled sixth-ranked Estudiantes in Junin 100-79. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 21-point difference proves that Argentino was well-prepared to that game. The game without a history. Argentino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Argentino shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips, OK) who scored 32 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Levi Stukes (188-84) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. Naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) produced 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Estudiantes' coach Jose Luis Pisani gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Argentino maintains sixteenth place with 9-20 record. Estudiantes at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Atenas. Argentino are again looking forward to face higher ranked Estudiantes (#6) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Estudiantes will have a break next round.
Leader Obras delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Gimnasia CR (14-15) 87-75 in Buenos Aires. Guard Alexis Elsener (196-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Juan Gutierrez contributed with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for Gimnasia CR. Obras (21-8) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Gimnasia CR lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Club 9. Obras will again play against Gimnasia CR (#9) in Comodoro R. in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gimnasia CR will have a break next round.
The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Atenas (16-13) played at the court of 8th ranked Quimsa (14-16). Atenas managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quimsa. Gregory Lewis stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Damian Tintorelli responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Atenas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Estudiantes. Loser Quimsa dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Atenas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quimsa will play again against Atenas (#7) in Cordoba and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Santiado Estero. Local Quimsa (14-16) outscored 9th ranked Regatas Corrientes (14-16) 80-56. Diego Lo Grippo nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Quimsa went down to tenth position due to points difference, which they share with Regatas C. Quimsa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Atenas (#7) in Cordoba and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Buenos Aires: Lanus (#3) and Boca Juniors (#12). Lanus (18-11) won against visiting Boca Juniors (12-18) 75-66. The best player for the winners was Terrell Taylor who scored 20 points. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Lanus maintains third place with 18-11 record having just three points less than leader Obras, which they share with La Union. Boca Juniors lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Boca Juniors.

Other games of round 29 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Libertad S. defeated Sionista in Sunchales 84-70. Monte Hermoso lost to defending champion Penarol at home 91-102. Olimpico LB lost to Club 9 on the opponent's court 69-75. La Union outscored Regatas C. in a home game 86-64. Estudiantes recorded a loss to Penarol on the road 83-97. Sionista was defeated by Lanus on its own court 67-77.


Quimsa - Atenas 70-76

The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Atenas (16-13) played at the court of 8th ranked Quimsa (14-16). Atenas managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quimsa. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Quimsa won second period 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81, agency: Players Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) scored 16 points. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Atenas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Estudiantes. Loser Quimsa dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Atenas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quimsa will play again against Atenas (#7) in Cordoba and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Mazzaro 16+3reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 13+3reb, D.Tintorelli 12+12reb, D.Lo Grippo 10+5reb+1ast, A.Marin 8+2reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 5
Atenas: J.Williams 17+8reb, M.Lescano 16+2reb+2ast, G.Lewis 16+10reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 7+4reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 6+5reb+3ast, M.Garcia 5+3reb
gschID: 117643


Sionista - Libertad S. 70-84

There was no surprise in Parana where 15th ranked Sionista (10-19) was defeated by fifth ranked Libertad Sunchales (17-12) 84-70 on Friday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-73) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) produced 18 points and naturalized Italian forward Patricio Rodriguez (193-84, agency: Players Group) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Libertad Sunchales. They maintain fifth place with 17-12 record. Loser Sionista dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will have a break next round. Sionista will play again on the road against Libertad Sunchales (#5).
Top scorers:
Sionista: C.Hayes 18+3reb+1ast, P.Rodriguez 13+2reb+2ast, J.Manuel Locatelli 10+5reb+1ast, A.Zilli 10+3reb, R.Iglesias 8+2reb+5ast, D.Osella 6
Libertad S.: R.Selleaze 19+4reb+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 18+11reb+3ast, A.David Galindo 16+2reb, R.Battle 12+11reb+3ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 10+1reb, J.Pablo Cantero 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 117638


Monte Hermoso - Penarol 91-102

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Penarol (19-10) defeated on the road 14th ranked Monte Hermoso (10-19) 102-91 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 54-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Penarol shot 65.0 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American-Uruguayan center Reque Newsome (204-81, college: S.Indiana) produced 25 points and American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) added 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Four Monte Hermoso players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Penarol. Defending champion maintains second place with 19-10 record having just two points less than leader Obras. Newly promoted Monte Hermoso keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Penarol will have a break next round. Monte Hermoso will play again on the road against the league's second-placed Penarol (#2) in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Monte Hermoso: R.Newsome 25+4reb+1ast, B.Johnson 23+6reb+1ast, J.Levrino 13+1reb, A.Weigand 10+2reb+3ast, H.Salles 8+3reb+5ast, C.Paredes 4+1reb
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 26+7reb+2ast, M.Leiva 17+7reb, K.Lamonte 14+2reb, S.Safar 11+1reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 9+1reb+4ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 9+1reb+4ast
gschID: 117639


Club 9 - Olimpico LB 75-69

Rather expected game in Rio Tercero where 13th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (11-17) was defeated by eleventh ranked Club 9 (14-15) 75-69 on Friday. Olimpico de La Banda was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. American guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 16 points and forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Club 9 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Gimnasia CR. Olimpico de La Banda lost their third game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Club 9 will face again Olimpico de La Banda (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: A.Laws 16+2reb+2ast, L.Picarelli 9+3reb+2ast, C.Romero 9+3reb+1ast, D.Guaita 9+4reb, C.Amicucci 7+4reb+1ast, D.Kante 7+5reb
Club 9: J.Meyinsse 21+9reb+1ast, J.Bucknor 14+4reb+7ast, M.Melo 12+6reb+1ast, E.Martina 9+5reb, G.Torre 6+4reb+1ast, B.Zanotti 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 117641


La Union - Regatas C. 86-64

Very predictable result in Formosa where fourth ranked La Union (18-11) outscored 9th ranked Regatas Corrientes (14-16) 86-64 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Regatas Corrientes was better in second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Union dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Regatas Corrientes' 34. They outrebounded Regatas Corrientes 35-19 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) who scored 22 points and 6 assists. Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four La Union players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Italian guard Eduardo Villares (188-79) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. La Union moved-up to third place, which they share with Lanus. Loser Regatas Corrientes dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. La Union will face again Regatas Corrientes (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: E.Villares 18+3reb, F.Kammerichs 13+7reb+1ast, J.Martinez 12+2reb+2ast, L.Roe 7+1reb, A.Montes Cardozo 5+1reb, O.Legaria 3
La Union: D.Jackson 22+4reb+6ast, R.Garces 17+11reb+2ast, M.Ibarra 16+3reb, G.Mikulas 16+5reb+2ast, L.Perez 6+2reb+1ast, P.Barrios 3+4reb
gschID: 117642


Lanus - Boca Jrs 75-66

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Buenos Aires: Lanus (#3) and Boca Juniors (#12). Lanus (18-11) won against visiting Boca Juniors (12-18) 75-66. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 20 points. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Sebastian Vega (200-88) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Lanus maintains third place with 18-11 record having just three points less than leader Obras, which they share with La Union. Boca Juniors lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Boca Juniors.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: F.Martina 16+7reb, S.Vega 14+4reb+2ast, L.O'Bannon 10+1ast, R.Elliott 10+3reb+2ast, M.Fierro 8+2reb, D.Alston 8+6reb
Lanus: T.Taylor 20+2reb+3ast, F.Malara 10+1reb, C.Moodie 9+1reb+2ast, M.Byro 8+1reb, A.Boccia 8+1reb+1ast, J.Levy 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 117636


Argentino - Estudiantes 100-79

Bottom-ranked Argentino managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses on Friday night. This time newly promoted Argentino outleveled sixth-ranked Estudiantes in Junin 100-79. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 21-point difference proves that Argentino was well-prepared to that game. The game without a history. Argentino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Argentino shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips, OK) who scored 32 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Levi Stukes (188-84) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. Naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) produced 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Estudiantes' coach Jose Luis Pisani gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Argentino maintains sixteenth place with 9-20 record. Estudiantes at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Atenas. Argentino are again looking forward to face higher ranked Estudiantes (#6) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Estudiantes will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: P.Sanchez 18+3reb+5ast, D.Davis 16+9reb+1ast, E.Nelson 15+5reb, J.Espil 15+2reb, M.Gaynor 4, F.Aguerre 4+2reb
Argentino: J.Bunn 32+5reb, L.Stukes 22+3reb+5ast, S.Scala 11+3reb+2ast, N.Nolan 10+2reb+4ast, J.Sartorelli 9+5reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 117637


Round 22
Quimsa - Regatas C. 80-56

The game with biggest result difference took place in Santiado Estero. Local Quimsa (14-16) outscored 9th ranked Regatas Corrientes (14-16) 80-56. The game without a history. Quimsa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and international center Roman Gonzalez (211-78) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) came up with 5 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) added 7 points and 4 assists respectively for Regatas Corrientes in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Quimsa went down to tenth position due to points difference, which they share with Regatas C. Quimsa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Atenas (#7) in Cordoba and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: L.Roe 10+4reb, N.Romano 10+2reb+2ast, E.Villares 8+1reb, J.Martinez 7+4reb+4ast, F.Kammerichs 5+13reb+1ast, T.Field 5+5reb
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 15+12reb+2ast, R.Gonzalez 15+7reb+2ast, A.Marin 12+6reb+4ast, J.Treise 10+2reb+2ast, J.Mazzaro 10+1reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 125269


Round 27
Penarol - Estudiantes 97-83

Not a big story in a game in Mar del Plata where 6th ranked Estudiantes (16-13) was defeated by second ranked Penarol (19-10) 97-83 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Estudiantes was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) added 13 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Penarol. Defending champion maintains second place with 19-10 record having just two points less than leader Obras. Loser Estudiantes keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Penarol will face Monte Hermoso (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Estudiantes will play against Argentino (#16) in Junin.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: J.Espil 18+1reb+1ast, E.Nelson 18+9reb+1ast, D.Davis 13+11reb+3ast, P.Sanchez 9+2reb+6ast, L.Faggiano 8+1reb+1ast, A.Eslava 7+6reb+2ast
Penarol: K.Lamonte 24+5reb+2ast, L.Gutierrez 21+6reb+1ast, M.Leiva 14+6reb+3ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 14+3reb+3ast, M.Mata 9+2reb, S.Safar 5+1reb
gschID: 125270


Sionista - Lanus 67-77

Everything went according to plan in Parana where third ranked Lanus (18-11) won against 15th ranked Sionista (10-19) 77-67 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Lanus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) chipped in 17 points. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Lanus maintains third place with 18-11 record having just three points less than leader Obras, which they share with La Union. Loser Sionista dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Boca Juniors.
Top scorers:
Sionista: C.Hayes 22+13reb, A.Zilli 17+8reb+3ast, R.Iglesias 8+1reb+2ast, P.Franco 7+1reb+7ast, J.Manuel Locatelli 5+2reb, D.Hure 4+1ast
Lanus: M.Byro 17+1ast, T.Taylor 11+8reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 10+4reb+3ast, A.Boccia 10+3reb+2ast, L.Victoriano 8+1reb+2ast, J.Levy 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 125267


Round 29
Obras - Gimnasia CR 87-75

Leader Obras delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Gimnasia CR (14-15) 87-75 in Buenos Aires. The game was mostly controlled by Obras. Gimnasia CR was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Guard Alexis Elsener (196-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gimnasia CR. Four Gimnasia CR players scored in double figures. Obras (21-8) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Gimnasia CR lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Club 9. Obras will again play against Gimnasia CR (#9) in Comodoro R. in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gimnasia CR will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia CR: R.Okosa 17+8reb+1ast, H.Rollins 15+11reb+3ast, M.Maciel 12+5reb+2ast, F.Funes 10+3reb, P.Moldu 8+1reb+2ast, A.Carabajal 8+1reb+3ast
Obras: A.Elsener 19+7reb+3ast, L.Cequeira 18+1reb+3ast, J.Gutierrez 13+12reb, C.Schattmann 10+2ast, M.Osimani 8+4reb+2ast, A.Alloatti 8+4reb
gschID: 125268




Ruben Wolkowyski claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) had an amazing evening in the last round for Libertad S. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29 (Second Stage).
The 37-year old center had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Sionista (#15, 10-19) 84-70. Libertad S. maintains the 5th position in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Libertad S. will need more victories to improve their 17-12 record. It's Wolkowyski's second year at Libertad S. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ruben Wolkowyski averages this season 12.0ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) of Argentino. Bunn impressed basketball fans with 32 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he lead Argentino to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Estudiantes (#6, 16-13) 100-79. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-20 record. Bunn is a newcomer at Argentino and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#1). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, agency: Dream Team Management) of Monte Hermoso (#14). Johnson scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Johnson's great performance Monte Hermoso lost 91-102 to the higher-ranked Penarol (#2, 19-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Monte Hermoso not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Johnson could try to bring Monte Hermoso's a little bit higher in the standings. Johnson has individually a great season in Argentina. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (8th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hakeem Rollins (202-F/C-83) of Gimnasia CR - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of Sionista - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. James Williams (204-F/C-79) of Atenas - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) of La Union - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. David Jackson (196-G-82) of La Union - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80) of La Union - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Reque Newsome (204-C-81) of Monte Hermoso - 25 points and 4 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.8 
 3. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.6 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.5 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.8 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.17.4 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.3 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 6. Graham, UBSC G.7.8 
 7. Vay, Arkadia7.6 
 8. Djuric, Gussing7.5 
 9. Volcic, Oberwart7.5 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.5 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.5 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 8. Parker, Oberwart4.3 
 9. Boylan, Gmunden4.2 
 10. Coffin, BC Vienna4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.2 
 4. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart2.0 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 10. Bachlechner, Worth.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 5. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 7. Vay, Arkadia0.9 
 8. Sally, Oberwart0.9 
 9. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 10. Heard, Gussing0.7 


A Bundesliga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Home teams registered all four wins in the first games of the Playoff Quarterfinals. The series is best-of-five and second games are scheduled for Thursday.



Furstenfeld - Klosterneub. 86-78 (1-0)
It looked good early as Xion Dukes took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Furstenfeld Panthers had a 25-19 second period charge getting the lead and Xion Dukes were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-86. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 23 Xion Dukes turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central, agency: Court Side) contributed with 22 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) added 21 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) in the effort for Xion Dukes.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: S.Ray 22+1reb+8ast, S.Stazic 18+7reb+6ast, A.Shavies 17+3reb+5ast, R.Hampton 12+3reb+3ast, D.Alexander 9+2reb, R.Hicks 3+4reb+2ast
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 21+6reb+2ast, C.Bobb 21+8reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 11+3reb+4ast, C.Nagler 9+2reb+4ast, J.Chappell 8+7reb+1ast, A.Maresch 6+2reb+2ast




Oberwart - Wels 79-67 (1-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Oberwart Gunners. Raiffeisen Wels managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Raiffeisen Wels 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia, agency: 540 Sports) fired 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) chipped in 16 points. Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. American guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) produced 30 points and 7 rebounds and German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) added 13 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 16+4reb+2ast, T.Sally 14+5reb+4ast, K.Parker 14+1reb+3ast, J.Johnson 11+10reb, B.Volcic 8+8reb, H.Ochsenhofer 6+2reb+4ast
Wels: R.Brokenborough 30+7reb+1ast, T.Klette 13+3reb, J.Thomas 7+1reb+4ast, J.Smith 4+3reb+2ast, B.Fields 4+3reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 4+6reb+1ast


gschID: 125797


Gmunden - UBSC Graz 75-50 (1-0)
Gmunden Swans dominated on the defensive end, holding UBSC Graz to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 26. Gmunden Swans forced 25 UBSC Graz turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Gmunden Swans' coach Matthias Fischer felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (203-82) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for UBSC Graz.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Mayes 21+1ast, D.Oppland 19+7reb, I.Boylan 15+2reb+5ast, A.Slack 8+8reb, M.Mayer 4+5reb+2ast, T.Stelzer 3+2ast
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 12+6reb+3ast, C.Knor 11+5reb+1ast, L.Graham 9+6reb+4ast, S.Grum 7+1reb, S.Schaal 5+2ast, R.Lanegger 4+4reb+1ast


gschID: 125798


Arkadia - Kapfenberg 82-69 (1-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Arkadia Lions. Kapfenberg Bulls was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arkadia Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a very good performance for Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 assists. International guard Benedikt Danek (174-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) answered with 27 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and the other American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 30+4reb+5ast, K.Houston 11+3reb, B.Danek 10+7reb+10ast, K.Payton 9+6reb+4ast, D.Drenovac 9+3reb+2ast, M.Bralovic 7+6reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: J.Fears 27+4reb+6ast, D.Nelson 20+8reb, D.Horace 6+4reb+1ast, A.Woschank 6+1reb+1ast, L.Gordon 5+2reb, M.Nelson 3+2reb




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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 20-1 
 2. Aalstar 18-6 
 3. Antwerp 13-9 
 4. M.Hainaut 13-9 
 5. Oostende 12-11 
 6. Verviers-Pep. 7-15 
 7. Liege 7-15 
 8. Leuven 7-16 
 9. Gent 4-19 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Copeland, Aalstar16.3 
 2. Jackson, Verviers.16.2 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi15.8 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende15.7 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.4 
 6. Black, Antwerp15.2 
 7. Hilliard, Aalstar15.1 
 8. Miller, Leuven14.8 
 9. Waters, Verviers.14.8 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Freeman, Verviers.7.9 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.8 
 3. Randle, Gent7.7 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.4 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.0 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege7.0 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.2 
 9. Brown, Antwerp6.1 
 10. Thomas, Oostende6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.4 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.8 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.7 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.3 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 7. Mallet, Charleroi2.8 
 8. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.7 
 9. Miller, Leuven2.7 
 10. Burrell, Aalstar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.6 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 8. Mitchell, Oostende1.9 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende1.6 
 10. Black, Antwerp1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.1 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.7 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Pelle, Oostende0.5 


D1 Round 26: Antwerp Giants defeat Belgacom Liege in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Belgacom Liege (7-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (13-9) on Friday. The visitors from Antwerp managed to secure only three-point victory 66-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Belgacom Liege trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-66 at the end of the game. Antwerp Giants forced 21 Belgacom Liege turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Belgacom Liege helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Antwerp Giants have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with M.Hainaut. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Verviers-Pep.. Antwerp Giants is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Belgacom Liege will play against the league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Aalst. Second ranked host Okapi Aalstar (18-6) defeated one of their biggest challengers Dexia Mons-Hainaut (13-9) 76-66. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort and Christopher Copeland supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Okapi Aalstar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record having just -1 points less than leader Charleroi. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Antwerp. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (20-1) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Optima Gent (4-19) 61-50. The best player for the winners was Justin Hamilton who scored 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Monwell Randle produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-1 record. Loser Optima Gent stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will meet at home Base Oostende (#5) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#6) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Leuven was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Base Oostende (12-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Leuven Bears (7-16). Base Oostende managed to secure a 5-point victory 74-69. Matt Lojeski orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Base Oostende maintains fifth position with 12-11 record. Leuven Bears lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Base Oostende's next round opponent will be league's leader Spirou Charleroi on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Leuven Bears will play against Antwerp Giants (#3).
Eighth ranked Belgacom Liege (7-15) beat at home 8th ranked Leuven Bears (7-16) by 14 points 74-60, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Andrija Stipanovic had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Belgacom Liege moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Verviers-Pep. Leuven Bears lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Belgacom Liege will face league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Leuven Bears will play against Antwerp Giants (#3).



Charleroi - Gent 61-50

D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (20-1) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Optima Gent (4-19) 61-50. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Optima Gent managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Optima Gent to just 7 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Hamilton (191-80, college: Florida) who scored 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Senne Geukens (190-83) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-1 record. Loser Optima Gent stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will meet at home Base Oostende (#5) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: J.Hamilton 15+3reb+3ast, J.Gomis 8+4reb+4ast, C.Beghin 8+8reb+2ast, D.Mallet 7+2reb+1ast, B.Wright 7+4reb, B.Greene 6+6reb
Gent: S.Geukens 18+1reb+1ast, M.Randle 12+7reb+1ast, L.Louves 7+6reb, A.Hall 5+6reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 3+3reb+1ast, D.Loubry 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98664


Leuven - Oostende 69-74

The game in Leuven was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Base Oostende (12-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Leuven Bears (7-16). Base Oostende managed to secure a 5-point victory 74-69. Leuven Bears were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 20-10 charge of Base Oostende, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, agency: Lanshire Group) contributed with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Dior Lowhorn (198-87, college: USF) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Leuven Bears. Four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Base Oostende maintains fifth position with 12-11 record. Leuven Bears lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Base Oostende's next round opponent will be league's leader Spirou Charleroi on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Leuven Bears will play against Antwerp Giants (#3).
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 21+8reb, W.Thomas 12+5reb+1ast, M.Faison 12+9reb+4ast, V.Petrovic 7+1reb+1ast, C.Green 6+3reb, D.Mitchell 5+1ast
Leuven: B.Freeman 19, J.J.J. Miller 17+2reb+3ast, D.Lowhorn 16+9reb+3ast, A.Dagunduro 11+10reb+3ast, J.Tofi 6+1reb+1ast, K.Melson 0+4reb+2ast
gschID: 98665


Liege - Antwerp 63-66

Eighth-ranked Belgacom Liege (7-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (13-9) on Friday. The visitors from Antwerp managed to secure only three-point victory 66-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Belgacom Liege trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-66 at the end of the game. Antwerp Giants forced 21 Belgacom Liege turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Belgacom Liege helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Guy Muya (190-83, agency: LBM Management) scored 12 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with M.Hainaut. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Verviers-Pep.. Antwerp Giants is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Belgacom Liege will play against the league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: G.Brown 18+5reb, T.Black 17+2reb+2ast, R.Moors 11+1reb+5ast, M.Roll 10+1reb, D.Wilson 6+6reb+2ast, S.Mejri 4+2reb
Liege: A.Stipanovic 20+5reb, C.Bozeman 12+3reb+1ast, G.Muya 12+2reb+3ast, W.Boss Mukubu 10+3reb+1ast, X.Collette 6+2reb, P.Gillet 3+5reb
gschID: 98662


Aalstar - M.Hainaut 76-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Aalst. Second ranked host Okapi Aalstar (18-6) defeated one of their biggest challengers Dexia Mons-Hainaut (13-9) 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was better in second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort and American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agency: 540 Sports) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. His fellow American import forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Impact Basketball) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Okapi Aalstar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record having just -1 points less than leader Charleroi. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Antwerp. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 20+7reb, A.Hilliard 18+4reb+5ast, C.Young 13+13reb+3ast, T.Johnson 8+4reb+1ast, D.Huffman 5+2reb, J.Steinbach 5+1ast
M.Hainaut: M.Hatten 20+8reb+3ast, S.Foster 13+1reb, A.Nivins 10+10reb+1ast, R.Lewis 9+3reb, J.Cage 5+3reb+3ast, P.Van Paassen 4+4reb
gschID: 98663


Round 13
Liege - Leuven 74-60

Eighth ranked Belgacom Liege (7-15) beat at home 8th ranked Leuven Bears (7-16) by 14 points 74-60, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Belgacom Liege led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Leuven Bears' 24. Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Belgacom Liege players scored in double figures. American forward Dior Lowhorn (198-87, college: USF) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 16 points. Belgacom Liege moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Verviers-Pep. Leuven Bears lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Belgacom Liege will face league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Leuven Bears will play against Antwerp Giants (#3).
Top scorers:
Liege: T.Griffin 17+4reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 16+7reb+2ast, A.Stipanovic 15+14reb+1ast, G.Muya 10+6reb+2ast, X.Collette 6+1reb+3ast, W.Boss Mukubu 6
Leuven: J.J.J. Miller 16+2reb+3ast, D.Lowhorn 16+8reb, K.Melson 9+5reb, A.Dagunduro 9+4reb+5ast, B.Freeman 8, J.Tofi 2+6reb
gschID: 125875




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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  APOEL
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Rahimic, Bosna17.6 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.4 
 4. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 5. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 6. Kahrimanovic, Kak.16.9 
 7. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.7 
 8. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 9. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.3 
 10. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Jedinstvo
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 5. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.7 
 7. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.4 
 8. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 9. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
 10. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac6.0 
 3. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 4. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Markovic, Varda HE3.5 
 7. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.5 
 8. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 10. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac2.8 
 3. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.3 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Vranjes, Borac N.2.1 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.5 
 10. Pejovic, Hercegovac1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 3. Zimic, Bosna1.6 
 4. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 6. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 7. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 8. Duranovic, Mladost0.7 
 9. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 10. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Igokea 3-0 
 2. Borac Nektar 2-1 
 3. Siroki TT 2-1 
 4. Mladost 1-2 
 5. Bosna 1-2 
 6. Capljina 0-3 
Places 7-15
 1. Zrinjski HT 15-9 
 2. Sloboda Dita 14-10 
 3. Hercegovac 13-11 
 4. SL IAT Leotar 12-12 
 5. Celik 10-14 
 6. Varda HE 9-15 
 7. Brotnjo 7-17 
 8. Kakanj 7-17 
 9. Slavija 2-22 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 2. Harper, Levski22.9 
 3. Lilov, Rilski S.22.9 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.3 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 7. Lauderdale, Levski16.4 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja15.6 
 9. Davidov, Balkan15.3 
 10. Yanev, Cherno More14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja10.9 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.7 
 4. Todorov, Spartak7.7 
 5. Kolev, Cherno More7.3 
 6. Georgiev, Levski7.3 
 7. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.1 
 8. Mijovic, Rilski S.6.8 
 9. Dimitrov, Spartak6.7 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crowe, Levski5.9 
 2. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 3. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 4. Govedarov, Tundja4.1 
 5. Dyakovski, Spartak4.0 
 6. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.3.8 
 8. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 9. Zahariev, Chernomo.3.6 
 10. Gruev, Rilski S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Crowe, Levski2.3 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Zahariev, Chernomo.2.0 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 5. Radionov, Tundja1.8 
 6. Dimitrov, Spartak1.7 
 7. Lilov, Rilski S.1.7 
 8. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 9. Stojanovski, Lukoil A.1.6 
 10. Finzgar, Tundja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.4 
 3. Lauderdale, Levski1.1 
 4. Varbanov, Tundja1.0 
 5. Radojevic, Rilski S.0.9 
 6. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.8 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Petkov, Tundja0.7 
 9. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.7 
 10. Neuhaus, Chernomo.0.7 


NBL Round 23: Levski is defeated by Lukoil Academik in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski (#2). Levski was crushed at home by 33 points 63-96 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Levski's 30 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Levski 41-25 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lukoil Academik looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, college: High School, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) responded with 22 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Lukoil Academik (24-0) have an impressive series of twenty four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 24 victories in a row. Levski at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Lukoil Academik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Levski will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Yambol was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (11-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Tundja (9-15). Rilski Sportist defeated Tundja 75-65. It was an exceptional evening for Bosnian-Serbian center Aleksandar Radojevic (220-76, college: Barton County CC) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ivan Lilov accounted for 16 points. Guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) came up with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Tundja in the defeat. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth place with 11-13 record. Tundja at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against higher ranked Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tundja will play on the road against Spartak in Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 23 Spartak lost to Cherno More on the opponent's court 64-76. Balkan managed to outperform Chernomorets in a home game 97-88.


Cherno More - Spartak 76-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Spartak's (6-18) road loss to sixth ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-14) 64-76. It looked good early as Spartak took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Euroins Cherno More had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-76. They outrebounded Spartak 45-32 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for international forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. Power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach Lyubomir Minchev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Nikola Traykov (197-85, college: Bloomsburg) added 17 points respectively for Spartak in the defeat. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to fifth place. Spartak at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. Euroins Cherno More will play against league's second-placed Levski in Sofia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak will play at home against Tundja (#6) in Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak: H.Dimitrov 18+12reb+2ast, N.Traykov 17+4reb+2ast, I.Stankov 13+1reb+1ast, A.Dyakovski 7+1reb+4ast, T.Todorov 7+11reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 2+1reb
Cherno More: T.Zhelev 16+4reb+1ast, A.Yanev 16+17reb+2ast, N.Kolev 15+9reb, S.Iliev 14+3reb+1ast, I.Kasabov 7+4reb+2ast, S.Mihaylov 6+2reb
gschID: 98336


Balkan - Chernomorets 97-88

Very predictable result in Botevgrad where third ranked Balkan (14-10) defeated bottom-ranked Chernomorets (4-20) 97-88. Chernomorets was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 55-42 second half run of Balkan. Balkan had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Chernomorets was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Dimitar Filipov (185-89) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. International center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 8 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Kiril Raykov (196-87) added 18 points respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chernomorets' coach Detcho Koeshinov rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Balkan. They maintain third place with 14-10 record having ten points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Balkan will play against Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Chernomorets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: H.Zahariev 22+5reb+1ast, K.Raykov 18+4reb+2ast, D.Roshmanov 16+1reb, K.Koev 13+7reb+1ast, V.Marinov 5+2reb+5ast, A.Penev 5+2reb+3ast
Balkan: G.Davidov 20+4reb+2ast, K.Borisov 20+2reb, D.Filipov 20+6reb+7ast, L.Lilov 11+7ast, K.Doychinov 8+20reb+1ast, I.Vuchkov 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98337


Tundja - Rilski Sportist 65-75

The game in Yambol was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (11-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Tundja (9-15). Rilski Sportist defeated Tundja 75-65. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Tundja was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tundja to just 6 points in second quarter. It was an exceptional evening for Bosnian-Serbian center Aleksandar Radojevic (220-76, college: Barton County CC) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) came up with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Tundja in the defeat. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth place with 11-13 record. Tundja at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against higher ranked Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tundja will play on the road against Spartak in Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tundja: S.Govedarov 24+7reb+5ast, N.Varbanov 14+7reb, S.Finzgar 7+4reb, J.Radionov 6+5reb+1ast, M.Durchev 6+3reb, N.Tmusic 4+1reb
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 16+3reb+2ast, A.Gruev 14+2reb, B.Boev 12+3reb+2ast, A.Radojevic 12+10reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 8+1reb, V.Mijovic 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 98338


Levski - Lukoil Academik 63-96

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski (#2). Levski was crushed at home by 33 points 63-96 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Levski's 30 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Levski 41-25 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lukoil Academik looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, college: High School, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) responded with 22 points and the former international forward Stanislav Slaveykov (198-86) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lukoil Academik (24-0) have an impressive series of twenty four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 24 victories in a row. Levski at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Lukoil Academik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Levski will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Levski: A.Harper 22+2reb+3ast, S.Slaveykov 13+3reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 7+6reb, S.Georgiev 6+3reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 5+1reb+1ast, A.Velikov 3+2reb+1ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Sundov 23+3reb+1ast, D.Green 18+7reb+2ast, T.Peterson 13+4reb+3ast, B.Avramov 11+6reb+3ast, D.James 8+2reb+3ast, T.Stoykov 8+6reb+8ast
gschID: 98335




Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 24-0 
 2. Levski 18-6 
 3. Balkan 14-10 
 4. Rilski Sportist 11-13 
 5. Cherno More 10-14 
 6. Tundja 9-15 
 7. Spartak 6-18 
 8. Chernomorets 4-20 


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Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang31.1 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.9 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.7 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan28.9 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin27.1 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.26.8 
 10. Marbury, Foshan25.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Jones, Fujian15.8 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.9 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.3 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.1 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.8 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.1 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 6. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 8. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
 9. Douby, Xinjiang4.9 
 10. Allen, Shandong4.9 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.5 
 4. Hudson, Guandong2.8 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 10. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 4. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 6. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 7. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Haislip, Guandong1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


Xinjiang, Guangdong Win on Road in CBA Semi-finals - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang and Guangdong both handily won their opening games in their best of five CBA semi-final series. Both wins came on the road, suggesting that these series may both end up to be sweeps.

Guangdong crushed Dongguan 146-88, outscoring Dongguan 36-13 in the second period and 42-21 in the fourth. Zhou Peng (207-F-89) scored 27 points on 13 of 18 shooting, adding 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Zhu Fangyu scored 22. Marcus Haislip had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Lester Hudson had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Chen Jianghua had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Su Wei had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Du Feng had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Zheng had 7 points and 7 rebounds.

Guangdong hit 49 of 79 two-pointers and 10 of 21 three-pointers. It outrebounded Dongguan 54-30. Guangdong and Dongguan finished with identical 25-7 regular-season records though Guangdong was seeded higher based on tie-breakers.

Josh Akognon led Dongguan with 30 points. Courtney Simms scored 24, but perhaps he does not fit in as well as Jackson Vroman, who starred in the regular season until he was felled by injury. Chen Hsin-An had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 8 points and 6 rebounds. No other player scored more than 4 points.

Quincy Douby had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals as Xinjiang stopped Jiangsu 94-78. James Singleton had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Mengke Bateer had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Xirelijiang (Co Tal) had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 10.

Antoine Wright had 23 points and 5 rebounds for Jiangsu. Yi Li scored 15. Jerome Moiso had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Meng Da scored 14. Tang Zhengdong had 6 points and 3 rebounds. Jiangsu is without star point guard Hu Xuefeng because of injury, and like Dongguan is a seriously depleted team.



CBA Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Jiangsu - Xinjiang 78-94

The game without a history. Xinjiang led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. The former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Jiangsu Dragons. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 21+5reb+1ast, Y.Li 15+3reb+1ast, M.Jerome 14+12reb+1ast, M.Da 14+1reb+2ast, T.ZhengDong 6+3reb, Y.Li 5+3reb+2ast
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 25+7reb+6ast, S.James 20+8reb+1ast, C.Tal 13+5reb+2ast, M.Bateer 13+12reb+7ast, Z.QingPeng 11+5reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125698


DongGuan - Guandong 88-146

The game without a history. Guandong Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 98 of its points in the paint compared to DongGuan Leopards' 46. Guandong Tigers forced 24 DongGuan Leopards turnovers and outrebounded them 53-30 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by DongGuan Leopards' players. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. DongGuan Leopards were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Peng Zhou (207-89) stepped up and scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) responded with 30 points and American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) scored 24 points and 6 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 30+3reb, S.Courtney 24+4reb, C.HsinAn 10+4reb+1ast, Z.Kai 8+6reb+1ast, P.Duo 4+1reb, Q.Biao 4+7reb+3ast
Guandong: Z.Peng 27+5reb+4ast, Z.FangYu 22+4reb+2ast, H.Marcus 20+5reb, H.Lester 18+8reb+3ast, C.Jianghua 13+6reb+7ast, S.Wei 12+8reb+1ast
gschID: 125699




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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


COCABA 2011 at the start - by Gianni Pascucci
The so named 'CAMPEONATO CLASIFICATORIO CENTROBASKET MAYOR MASCULINO' started on Friday, April 1 in Costa Rica. In its 'Phase 1' three National teams will meet in Costa Rica in 'Group A' as follows:

Friday, April 1 COSTA RICA VS EL SALVADOR
Saturday, April 2 GUATEMALA VS EL SAVADOR
Sunday, April 3 COSTA RICA VS GUATEMALA

At the same time Nicaragua and Honduras will battle together in 'Group 2'. The first two teams of every group will advance to 'Phase 2-Semifinal', scheduled from April 8 to 10, in El Salvador. The best two teams of 'Phase 2' will advance to Final Phase, schedeuled for May 6 to May 8, in Cancun, Mexico, where will meet the first two classified in 2009, Mexico and Belice


Good start for Costa Rica in COCABA competition - by Gianni Pascucci
On Friday, April 1 night, Team Costa Rica opened the COCABA 2011 defeating, 85-55 El Salvador. With a good playing organization and a pressing defense, the 'Tricolor' started the game well, closing the first half ahead by 18 points, 49-31.
This all went on in the second half, when the inside presence of Daniel Simmons (194-F/C-80) and Jeffney Anderson (208-C-83, college: Southern) made the difference. Coach Luis Blanco gave sone playing tim e to reserve players too, but the advantage grew up the same. At the end, Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75) was the top scorer in Costa Rica with 16 points, while the game top scorer was Julio Mancia (202-C-80), with 19 in losing effort


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Costa Rica National Team for COCABA 2011 - by Gianni Pascucci
This down is the roster of Team Costa Rica for COCABA 2011 competitions

Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75)
Cristian Chavarria (177-G-78)
Gilberth McKenzie (186-G-85, college: Lake Region CC)
Alonso Sanchez (174-G-85)
Daniel Simmons (194-F/C-80)
Jefferson Dixon (196-C-84)
Gabriel Quesada (198-C-85)
Felipe Wing (183-G-80)
Kay Martinez (201-G-84, college: Jackson St.)
Rohel Wilson (197-F/C-89)
Reyner Little (185-F-82)
Jeffney Anderson (208-C-83, college: Southern)


COCABA 2011 at the start - by Gianni Pascucci
The so named 'CAMPEONATO CLASIFICATORIO CENTROBASKET MAYOR MASCULINO' started on Friday, April 1 in Costa Rica. In its 'Phase 1' three National teams will meet in Costa Rica in 'Group A' as follows:

Friday, April 1 COSTA RICA VS EL SALVADOR
Saturday, April 2 GUATEMALA VS EL SAVADOR
Sunday, April 3 COSTA RICA VS GUATEMALA

At the same time Nicaragua and Honduras will battle together in 'Group 2'. The first two teams of every group will advance to 'Phase 2-Semifinal', scheduled from April 8 to 10, in El Salvador. The best two teams of 'Phase 2' will advance to Final Phase, schedeuled for May 6 to May 8, in Cancun, Mexico, where will meet the first two classified in 2009, Mexico and Belice


Costa Rica wins second game Guatemala eliminated. - by Gianni Pascucci
Team Costa Rica clearly defeated, 66-46 yesterday night Guatemala, advancing to the second phase of COCABA Championship together to El Salvador. Guatemala NT was dominated till the first minutes of the game, abnd the first half ended 35-18 for the home team. The best performers were Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75), with 15 points, Gabriel Quesada (198-C-85), with 12 in Costa Rica, Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management) with 14, and Edwin Rodriguez (198-F/C-88) with 12 in Guatemala.
Both Costa Rica and El Salvador advance to 'Phase 2' of the competition, when will meet Nicaragua and Honduras. Instead, Guatemala cames back home with two heavy losses, and has to wait till 2013 for a redemption


Good start for Costa Rica in COCABA competition - by Gianni Pascucci
On Friday, April 1 night, Team Costa Rica opened the COCABA 2011 defeating, 85-55 El Salvador. With a good playing organization and a pressing defense, the 'Tricolor' started the game well, closing the first half ahead by 18 points, 49-31.
This all went on in the second half, when the inside presence of Daniel Simmons (194-F/C-80) and Jeffney Anderson (208-C-83, college: Southern) made the difference. Coach Luis Blanco gave sone playing tim e to reserve players too, but the advantage grew up the same. At the end, Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75) was the top scorer in Costa Rica with 16 points, while the game top scorer was Julio Mancia (202-C-80), with 19 in losing effort


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. KK Zagreb CO 3-0 
 2. Cedevita 2-1 
 3. KK Split 2-1 
 4. Zadar 2-2 
 5. Borik 1-2 
 6. Cibona 1-2 
 7. Alkar Sinj 1-2 
 8. Zabok 0-2 
Group B
 1. Kvarner 2010 3-1 
 2. Trogir 3-1 
 3. Darda 2-2 
 4. Svjetlost 2-2 
 5. Dubrava 2-2 
 6. Dubrovnik 0-4 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Introducing Thad McFadden - by Surujh Roopnarine
Nestled in the northwest corner of the Czech Republic you can find the city Usti Nad Labem. For the last two seasons this has also been home to Thaddus McFadden (188-G-87, college: Fairmont St.). The Flint, Michigan native has been one of the, if not the most exciting player in the Czech 1.Liga, the second highest division in the country behind the NBL. Lots of attention is paid to the royalty of Czech basketball, CEZ Nymburk, and rightfully so, as they have dominated the NBL landscape for the good part of the last decade. But every once in a while a player or team can transcend the norm and shine on their own merits. This is the time for Thad. At 23-years old and in just his second professional season out of NCAA Division II Fairmont State, Thad leads the 1.Liga in scoring (his 22.8ppg scoring average is actually the highest of any player in either the 1.Liga or NBL). He has helped lead his BK Usti Nad Labem squad to the semifinals of the playoffs where they will face off in game one today against rival Jindichv Hradec. Thad was gracious enough to give me a few minutes of hi time leading up to this afternoons crucial matchup.

EUROBASKET: First off, what are your feelings and outlook heading into this weekends Game 1 Semifinal matchup with BK Lions Jindichv Hradec?


THAD: I am very excited to play...we are very excited to play. This has turned into a very good rivalry. In the last game against Hradec we didnt play as well as we usually do. We were very upset about our last performance against tem, so we are looking forward to playing angst them again.

EUROBASKET: J. Hradec took both matchups during the regular season, dominating at home and are actually the only team to hold you to single-digit scoring. Is there anything you and the team will look to do differently in this series?


THAD: We will not change anything. We are very confident heading into this series and very confident in doing what we do best. We are a young team that loves to play fast and i think if we play fast and aggressive we will be very successful in this series. Last game against Hradec we didnt play aggressively, so being aggressive on both ends of the floor will be the key for us.

EUROBASKET: Looking back on the season as a whole, how did the regular season turn out for you personally? And the team?


THAD: Looking back on the season, we had our share of ups and downs. The goal was to finish in the top three, but we had to deal with key injuries and other issues which didnt allow us to get there. But Im still proud of the team because every time we have our backs against the wall we always found a way to change things for the better and going through those up and downs made us stronger as a team. So, the outcome of the season wasnt what we expected but we have grown as team and we are a very confident group right now.

EUROBASKET: You lead the 1.Liga in scoring at almost 23ppg, plus you are one of the best rebounding guards at almost six per contest. Describe the style of your game? Is there anyone you emulated growing up or pattern your game after?


THAD: Well i use my speed as an advantage. The system that coach has us running is a good system for me and the team. I can play any style of basketball. As a guard i want to be able to do it all; score, rebound, assist, and play good defense. But, my style is speed; everything i do on the court I try to use my speed as an advantage. Well growing up in Flint, Michigan I liked a lot of Flint basketball players growing up. Players like Wiliam Hatcher (188-G-84, college: Miami, OH) (BK Decin) and more. We have a lot of good players from Flint but the two I really looked up to the most growing up were JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, college: Indiana Tech) whos currently playing in Romania and Mateen Cleaves (188-G-77, college: Michigan St.) who played in the NBA and is now retired. They are two players who love the game and are great competitors and always in the gym trying to improve. They always told me to never be satisfied with your game. You can always get better and they are both talented do everything types of guards. So, every time I step on the court I do not care who Im playing I always go into the game thinking we are winning this game.

EUROBASKET: Going back to when you left Fairmont State, what led you to come over to the Czech Republic and join Usti nad Labem?


THAD: I came to Usti nad Labem because the team really believed i could help them win ball games.

EUROBASKET: How has your game evolved since leaving college. Obviously, your scoring prowess has translated well to the pro-level, but what other aspects have you tried to work on or improve?


THAD: Well in college I played shooting guard most of the time and when I left I knew I would play some point guard as well. I wanted to improve on reading situations better and ball handling, so i watch a lot of game film of me and other players and just observe and see what I can learn about the point guard position.

EUROBASKET: Your team is one of the few in the 1.Liga which employs American import players. You and Antwann Cosey (201-F) are the only two American teammates in the league. How important has it been to have someone on the team who shares a similar background as yourself?


THAD: It's good to have Antwann here not only because hes American, but because we are from the same area and we are good friends. And just having someone who shares a similar background is good.

EUROBASKET: A few weeks ago you were able to showcase your talents in the Quarterfinals of the Czech Cup against NBL power Novy Jicin. Although the game did turn out how the team would have liked, individually you more than held your own against the likes of Wesley Channels and All-Star Corey Muirhead (Thad went off for game highs of 29 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes). Is there any extra satisfaction when you can play well against the big boys from the NBL?


THAD: As a competitor you always want to play against good players, but we lost so I wasnt t really satisfied. I was upset after the game like I am after every loss. I played ok and playing against them was a good experience for not only me but the team too...We played against a very good team.

EUROBASKET: What has been the most satisfying moment from your two years in the Czech Republic. What has been the most disappointing moment?


THAD: The best moment so far at Usti Nad Labem was winning game five against Opava. The most disappointing was losing in the semifinals of the playoffs last year.

EUROBASKET: Lastly, what does the basketball future hold for Thaddus McFadden?


THAD: Hopefully a lot more wins and a lot more years of playing basketball. And always thanking God for letting me play the game i love the most as job.



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Spurs assign Danny Green to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Green most recently signed with the Spurs on March 16, appearing in three games totaling 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. He originally signed with the Spurs on November 17, when he appeared in two games, totaling 6 points in 9 minutes, before being released on November 23. In between those two stints with the Spurs, Green saw action in 16 games with the Reno Bighorns, where he averaged 20.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.38 steals in 37.4 minutes per game. He shot .451 (114-253) from the field, .434 (36-83) from three-point territory and .795 (58-73) from the free throw line.

The Toros conclude the regular season tonight when they face the Texas Legends at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Park Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Exciting Saturday - by Eurobasket News
Ft.Wayne MA - Sioux Falls S. 110-104
Coming into the regular season finale, the Mad Ants had to win in order to even have a chance at the first postseason berth in franchise history, then they would need some help. If the Mad Ants won, they would need both Texas and Idaho to lose. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants ended the regular season with a 110-104 home victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Mad Ants got off to a quick start going up by 7 points in the first 4 minutes of play but the Sioux Falls Skyforce quickly countered that by going up 6 to end the period. The Skyforce led for most of the second period until a Ryan Wittman three pointer with 5:00 left in the half tied the game up at 49 apiece. Wittman scored 11 second period points for the Ants as they headed into the locker rooms up 67-61. The Mad Ants pulled away in the third building a comfortable 10 points lead going into the fourth. The Mad Ants led by as many as 12 points in the final period but the Skyforce made a late run to cut the lead to just 2 with 1:00 left in the game. A pair of free throws from Mad Ants Darnell Lazare and a driving layup from Chris Kramer sealed the deal for the Ants. Raymond Sykes (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Clemson) led all scorers with 32 points for the Skyforce. Sean Marshall (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) added 23 and Chris McCray finished with 22. Lazare led the Ants with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Kramer finished with 25 points and 6 assists and Wittman contributed 15 off of the bench. Unfortunately, Austin didn't do the Mad Ants any favors losing to Texas in double overtime as the Legends claimed the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBDL. The Mad Ants best season in franchise history comes to an end with a record of 24-26. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Tulsa 66ers - Dakota W. 118-84
Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) of the Tulsa 66ers (33-17) scored a season-high 30 points and Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) posted 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead the 66ers to a commanding 118-84 home victory over the Dakota Wizards (18-31) in their regular season finale Saturday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. The 66ers, who led coast-to-coast, led by as many as 36 in the contest. The 34-point win marked the largest margin of victory for Tulsa this season and the second-largest ever at home. Also with the victory, Tulsa secured the fourth overall seed in the 2011 D-League playoffs that begin next week. The 66ers, who have earned home court advantage in the opening round, will learn their first round opponent on Sunday. Additionally, the 33 overall wins mark a 66ers record for victories in a season. Tulsa heads to the postseason for the second consecutive campaign. 'I think our guys take pride in coming to work every day,' Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'I think the Thunder does a great job in what they do here every day and they have really given us all the resources to be successful. We have great guys that want to improve and that really helps.' Also leading Tulsa Saturday was forward Ryan Reid who posted his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards. Also scoring in double figures was Brandon Brooks with a career-high 17, Robert Vaden with 14 and Larry Owens with 10. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Rio Grande - Springfield A. 122-103
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers tuned up for the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs with a solid 122-103 victory over the Springfield Armor in the regular season finale Saturday night at State Farm Arena. The Vipers finished the season with a 33-and-17 mark and finished one game back of Reno in the conference standings. The Vipers will be the number three seed in the playoffs and enjoy the home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Six three pointers in the first 12 minutes helped the locals open an 11 point first quarter lead. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) led the winners with 26 points. The who and when of the Vipers' first round playoff opponent is still to be announced. *Courtesy of www.krgv.com

Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 115-113
Close but not quite. The Maine Red Claws had their chances to close a disappointing season with a big victory Saturday night, but lost 115-113 to the Erie BayHawks before a record crowd of 5,770 at Tullio Arena. 'If we would have had this team from the beginning of the year, I think the situation would have been a lot different, but that's part of the D-League,' Maine rookie guard Jamar Smith said. 'You've got to be able to adapt and adjust.' Maine had a chance to trim the final deficit to one on its final possession, but Stephane Lasme missed the second of two free throws with 6.3 seconds left. Erie rebounded the miss and ran out the clock. 'I'm proud of them,' Maine Coach Austin Ainge said. 'I'll coach that group any day.' Rookie DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan) scored 33 points to lead the Red Claws (18-32), who finished 1-7 against the BayHawks this season. Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) led Erie (32-18) with 29 points. The BayHawks will be a fifth seed in the D-League playoffs beginning Wednesday. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Bakersfield J. - Reno Bighorns 83-94
Despite playing their third game in five nights on the heels of a seven-hour overnight bus trip, the Reno Bighorns clinched their first-ever Western Conference championship by defeating Bakersfield 94-83 on Saturday night in the Jam Events Center. Tonight's victory-Reno's franchise-record eighth-straight win to close out the regular season-gives the Horns the second-overall seed and the opportunity to choose their first-round playoff opponent in the 2011 NBA Development League playoffs. Reno (34-16) fell behind early, trailing by as many as nine points in the first quarter, but clamped down on defense the rest of the way to improve to 6-1 this season against the playoff-bound Bakersfield Jam (29-21). Tonight marked the sixth-straight game that Reno has held an opponent to fewer than 100 points, finishing the regular season with a league-best 98.1 points per game allowed average. Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin), the only player in tonight's starting lineup that also started for the Bighorns on Opening Night, led Reno with 21 points. Five other Bighorns players chipped in with at least 10 points, helping Reno improve to 12-3 this season when at least six players register double-digit scoring efforts. Los Angeles Clippers assignee Willie Warren led the Jam with 22 points, while Drew Naymick (6'11''-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Reno held Bakersfield to just 42.7 percent shooting, finishing the regular season with a D-League-best 44.0 percent opponents field goal percentage. The Bighorns will choose their playoff opponent tomorrow afternoon, with the first-round playoff schedule expected to be announced no later than Monday. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Austin T. - Texas L. 128-134 OT2
The Texas Legends defeated the Austin Toros 134-128 in a double overtime thriller Saturday at Cedar Park Center. The Toros had six players in double digit scoring and the Legends Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) recorded a double- double with 36 points and 15 rebounds. The Legends jumped out to a six-point lead in the first quarter. They shot 67 percent from the field compared to the Toros 44 percent and were a perfect 5-5 at the free throw line. Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) and Kevin Palmer kept the Toros close by combining for 12 first quarter points. The Toros fought hard in the second quarter improving their shooting percent from the field to 53 percent. The Toros tied the game with a 3 pointer by Danny Green and snatched a two-point lead thanks to a hook shot by Leo Lyons. Legends Joe Alexander brought the game to a tie once again with a dunk seconds before the end of the half, bringing the score to 61-61. The Toros took the lead in the third and two free throw attempts by Marcus Cousin allowed the Toros to take their biggest lead of the game of 9 points. The Legends battled back throughout the quarter and cut the lead to two at the end of the third. The Legends regained the lead in the fourth, but the Toros dug deep and with 6:37 left to play, Carldell 'Squeaky' Johnson made a three pointer that jump started a 13-4 run that lasted until 3:17. With the lead and a restored since of urgency, the Toros entered the last minute of play leading 106-100. With less than 30 seconds left to play, the Legends Booker Woodfox and Justin Dentmon made back-to-back three pointers to bring the Legends within one point of the Toros. Aubrey Coleman stepped up to the free throw line with 15.7 seconds left and made two free throws to extend the Toros lead to three. Joe Alexander made a quick lay up and brought the Toros lead back down to one. Coleman made two more free throws to once again extend the Toros lead back to three. With 4.2 seconds on the clock, the Legends Rashad McCants (6'4''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) hit a three to tie the game at 113. The Toros were unable to convert on their last possession and the game went into overtime. The Toros struck first in overtime by going on a quick 5-0 run. The Toros held their lead until Sean Williams made two free throws that tied the game with 29.8 seconds left in the extra period. At the 9.4 mark, Coleman stepped up and made yet another clutch three pointer to return the lead back to the Toros. The Legends Dentmon responded with a clutch three of his own, tying the game once again at 121-121 and sending the game into a second overtime. The Toros started the second extra period by going on a 6-0 run and taking a quick 127-121 lead. The Legends climbed back and cut the Toros lead to two with under a minute to play. Joe Alexander scored five unanswered points and gave the Legends a 130-127 lead with a little over 17 seconds left on the clock. Williams and Dentmon added four late free throws and sealed the Legends victory over the Toros, 134-128 Coleman (30) and Leo Lyons (24), who also grabbed ten rebounds and recorded a double-double, led the Toros in scoring. Marcus Cousin recorded his 19th double-double of the season by scoring 18 points and ten rebounds. Spurs assignee Danny Green played 32 minutes in his first game with the Toros contributing 19 points and seven rebounds. Rashad McCants (28) and Sean Williams (19) followed Alexander to lead the Legends in scoring. The Austin Toros finished off the 2010-11 season 22-28. The Texas Legends (24-26) are still in contention for the eighth spot in the NBA D-League playoffs. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Idaho S. - Utah F. 95-92
The Idaho Stampede missed out on the NBA Development League playoffs by the narrowest of margins Saturday night. The Stampede needed a win to keep their hopes alive, and they held up their end of the bargain with a 95-92 win over the Utah Flash in front of a crowd of 2,967 at Qwest Arena. That gave the Stampede time to turn their attention to the game between the Austin Toros and the Texas Legends. Idaho needed an Austin win to qualify for the playoffs, and the Toros led by seven points with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. But Texas staged a manic rally to force overtime and then went on to win 134-128 in double overtime. That meant Idaho and Texas each finished with 24-26 records - and it meant that the Stampede wouldn't be going to the postseason based on a tiebreaker. It was a tough way for their season to end, especially after they had climbed all the way back from a 2-13 start to their season. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

New Mexico - Iowa E. 105-115
The 2010-11 Iowa Energy will go down in the record books, as a 115-105 win over the New Mexico Thunderbirds Saturday night allowed the Energy to match the best regular season record of any team in NBA D-League history. The Energy's 37-13 record matches the teams' record from last season, giving the four year old franchise the top two single season win totals in league history. New Mexico controlled most of the early action, as a Walter Sharpe jump shot mid-way through the 1st quarter gave the home team a 14-7 lead. The Energy responded with a surge later in the quarter to take a 29-27 lead. The 2nd quarter was all Energy as wing man Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) caught fire for Iowa. Ehambe, who entered the games as the league's top 3-point shooter, scored 22 of his game high 28 points in the 1st half to help give the Energy a commanding 70-57 lead at the break. Iowa extended the lead to as many as 19 points in the 2nd half on their way to the win. On the night, the Energy made 11 3-pointers compared to only three for New Mexico. The win is the Energy's 150th consecutive game in first place in their conference. Point guard Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) finished with 16 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds while Marqus Blakely added 18 points and 10 rebounds. New Mexico was led by former Detroit Pistons forward Walter Sharpe, who scored 25 points in the game. Former Boston Celtics guard J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) added 20 points and 10 rebounds. The loss ends New Mexico's season at 20-30. As the #1 overall seed for the playoffs, the Energy will be allowed to select their opponent for the 1st round of the playoffs from teams seeded 5-8 (Erie, Bakersfield, Utah & Texas). The selection will be made via conference call with the league Sunday evening, at which time the 1st round schedule will be set. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Erie Bayhawks Acquire Chaz McCroman - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Erie Bayhawks have acquired 6-7 forward Chaz McCrommon (6'6''-F/G-82, college: Robert Morris) from the avaialble player pool. The team also announced that they had waived Kyle Spain (6'5''-F-87, college: San Diego St.) due to injury. McCroman, 28, out of Robert Morris has experience playing overseas, most recently in Holland during the 2008-09 season. He will be with the team for the playoffs as their frist round series opponent will be determined later today. Spain appeared in 44 games for Erie (17 starts), averaging 8.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 41.3% from the field.

Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 37-13 
 2. Erie Bay H. 32-18 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 24-26 
 4. Dakota W. 18-31 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 10-39 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 33-17 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 33-17 
 3. Texas L. 24-26 
 4. Austin T. 22-28 
 5. New Mexico 20-30 
 6. Maine RC 18-32 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 34-16 
 2. Bakersfield J. 29-21 
 3. Utah F. 28-22 
 4. Idaho S. 24-26 
 5. Springfield A. 13-37 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.6 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.6 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.20.3 
 5. Sims, Maine RC20.3 
 6. Ewing, Sioux F.19.9 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 8. Stinson, Iowa E.19.3 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.19.0 
 10. Goods, Dakota W.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.8 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.8 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
 10. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 3. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Greene, Utah F.1.9 
 9. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.8 


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ITCA advance to Semifinals - by Jaime Arevalo
Centro Educativo Denver and Instituto Tecnolgico Centroamericano (ITCA) sweeped their QuarterFinal Series 2-0, advancing to the successive leg of the competition in Liga Premier Playoffs.
In Game 2, Denver defeated 101-72 Biomedica, with Gustavo Ramirez (G) leading the way at 21 points, Roberto Figueroa (191-F) adding 14 and Mario Quinonez 12. At the losing side, Emerson Morales scored 24 in losing effort, Irving Urrutia added 18.
At the other side, ITCA prevailed over ExBau, 82-55, and the best performers were Melvin Martinez and Jorge Solorzano, with 21 and 16 points, respectively. Ricardo Merlos led ExBau with 22 points, Carlos Sanchez and Saul Lemus assisted him with 9 pts each




El Salvador National Team for COCABA 2011 - by Jaime Arevalo
This down is the roster of Team El Salvador for COCABA 2011 competitions. The team has yet played with Costa Rica on Friday, April 2 night, falling 55-85, with Julio Mancia (202-C-80) being the top scorer at 19 points in losing effort

Eduardo Aguilar (176-G-86)
Jose Antonio Orellana (189-F-87)
Oscar Rivera (190-F-80)
Salvador Bandek (181-G-78)
Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81)
Mario Flores (183-G-85)
Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85)
Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84)
Julio Mancia
Carlos Martinez (190-F-79)
James Valladares (205-F/C-89)
Jose Araujo (186-G-87)


El Salvador defeats Guatemala - by Jaime Arevalo
On Saturday, April 2, night, Team El Salvador completed a great performing at the 'Tennis Club Gym' of San Jose, Costa Rica, defeating Guatemala, 76-57, claiming the qualification to the 'Phase 2' of COCABA Championship. Head Coach Domingo Torres sent on the court a starting five made of Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84), Salvador Bandek (181-G-78), Jose Araujo (186-G-87), James Valladares (205-F/C-89) and Julio Mancia (202-C-80), and immediately the things went better than in game vs. Costa Rica, with Salvadorean almost everytime ahead in the score. The good work in defense and in the paint from Valladares, Araujo and Mancia was very important, Salvador Bandek was the game top scorer at 19 points, Jose Araujo added 19 he too, James Valladares 15. Guatemala was led by Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management) and Benjamn Villeda, with 13 points each.

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KORISLIIGA: Three thrillers tonight - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, quarter-finals, Game # 2: Last Friday the difference was about 20 points, but tonight three so called thrillers with differences one, two and three pts. The home court advantage was helping a lot. So much, that Honka (Espoo) even won over Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 93-90. Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) scored 22 pts and Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego) added 21 pts and grabbed 13 rbs for Honka. At Kauhajoki local Karhu lost vs KTP (Kotka) 82-84. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (25/11) and Walt Baxley (191-G-84, college: Mars Hill) (21) were not enough as KTP Basket's Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) netted 23 pts and Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) (20/11) showing he is still going strong. Pyrinto (Tampere) visited Helsinki and defeated Torpan Pojat by one tiny point 76-77. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.- Pueblo) (22/14) and Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) were the key players for Pyrinto. Next games on Tuesday, April 5.
Honka - Korihait 93-90 (52-48). (Jamar Wilson 22, Corey Belser 21/13, Tuomas Iisalo 18 - Bojan Sarcevic 25, Lawrence Wright 22, James Reaves 13). Honka - Korihait 1-1.
Kauhajoki - KTP 82-84 (42-42). (Jeremiah Wood 25/11, Walt Baxley 21, Eldar Skamo 17 - Jeb Ivey 23, Clifton Jones 20/11, Jerald Fields 14). Kauhajoki - KTP 0-2.
Torpan Pojat - Pyrinto 76-77 (37-40). (LaVell Blanchard 21, Tyray Pearson 18, Mikko Koivisto 17 - Damon Williams 22/14, Antwine Williams 21, Antero Lehto 12). ToPo - Pyrinto 0-2.




Korisliiga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Honka - Korihait 93-90

UU-Korihait was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) supported him with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds by Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) did not help to save the game for UU-Korihait. American forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) added 22 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Korihait: B.Sarcevic 25+5reb+3ast, L.Wright 22+6reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 13+2reb, J.Reaves 13+3reb, N.Moore 7+8reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 6+3reb+1ast
Honka: J.Wilson 22+6reb+3ast, C.Belser 21+13reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 18+1reb+1ast, J.Williamson 16+6reb+3ast, J.Matinen 8+1reb, A.Vanjoki 6+3reb
gschID: 125705


Kouvot - Kataja 68-75

Kouvot was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 46-35 second half run of Joensuun Kataja. Joensuun Kataja made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. The former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: B.Walker 20+6reb, V.Kaunisto 15+12reb+3ast, D.Vinson 9+7reb, J.Gonner 9+2reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 7+1reb+3ast, L.Toivonen 5+1reb+1ast
Kataja: J.Newson 15+4reb, P.Virtanen 15+2reb+4ast, J.Conley 14+4reb+1ast, D.Fells 11+10reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 10+8reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 6+2reb
gschID: 125702


ToPo - Pyrinto 76-77

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-21. But Torpan Pojat won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ToPo: L.Blanchard 21+9reb+3ast, T.Pearson 18+9reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 17+3reb+4ast, T.Heinonen 10+7reb, F.Richards 6+2reb+1ast, M.Pounds 2
Pyrinto: D.Williams 22+14reb+3ast, A.Williams 21+4reb+2ast, A.Lehto 12+1reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 8+6reb, K.Lowe 5, O.Ahvenniemi 5+4reb
gschID: 125703


Karhu - KTP 82-84

Kauhajoen Karhu was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Naturalized American forward Clifton Jones (201-78, college: Oregon St.) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 23 points during the contest. Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Walt Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) scored 21 points.
Top scorers:
Karhu: J.Wood 25+11reb+2ast, W.Baxley 21+3reb+2ast, E.Skamo 17+4reb+2ast, S.Johnson 9+4reb+8ast, V.Makalainen 6+9reb+4ast, H.Hirvikoski 3+1reb+1ast
KTP: J.Ivey 23+3reb+2ast, C.Jones 20+11reb+1ast, J.Fields 14+5reb+3ast, S.Barrett 11+7reb+1ast, M.Holme 7+3reb+1ast, M.Dobras 6+1reb
gschID: 125704




Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Wilson, Honka22.1 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.7 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 7. Barrett, KTP19.4 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo19.3 
 9. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Wood, Karhu12.9 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.7 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 6. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.1 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.8 
 2. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 4. Virtanen, Kataja4.3 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 9. Fields, KTP3.5 
 10. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 4. Moore, Korihait1.8 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 7. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 8. Richards, ToPo1.6 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.6 
 10. Newson, Kataja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 6. Young, Tarmo0.6 
 7. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 8. Wright, Korihait0.6 
 9. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 10. Wood, Karhu0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 24-4 
 2. Denain 21-7 
 3. Angers BC 49 18-10 
 4. Brest 17-11 
 5. St Etienne 16-12 
 6. Sorgues 16-12 
 7. St Quentin 16-12 
 8. Blois 15-13 
 9. Le Puy 14-13 
 10. Challans 13-14 
 11. Denek 13-15 
 12. Lievin 12-16 
 13. St Chamond 12-16 
 14. Souffel 12-16 
 15. Orchy 12-16 
 16. Get Vosges 9-19 
 17. Roche 7-21 
 18. CFBB 4-24 


French ProA round 24 best performance: Willie Deane (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket
American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Sluc Nancy Basket Pro, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 30-year old player got a double-double of 18 points and 11 assists, while his team outclassed Strasbourg (#11, 10-14) with 27-point margin 88-61. Nancy is placed at 2nd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nancy will need more victories to improve their 17-7 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Deane as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Willie Deane averages this season 9.9ppg and 4.1apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American John Cox (195-G-81) of STB Le Havre. Cox had a very good evening with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Le Havre was edged by the higher-ranked Orleans (#10, 10-14) 69-68. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Le Havre dropped in the standings to 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Cox is a newcomer at Le Havre, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of ASVEL (#7). Mensah-Bonsu scored 14 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Mensah-Bonsu's great performance ASVEL lost 70-81 to slightly lower-ranked Le Mans (#8, 11-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing ASVEL needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Mensah-Bonsu has a very solid season. In 5 games in France he scored 17.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Victor Samnick (203-F-79) of Nancy - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of Cholet - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Limoges - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) of Vichy - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Robert Hite (188-G-84) of Limoges - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84) of Cholet - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


ProB Round 28: SPO Rouen loses to Quimper UJAP - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most important game in the last round took place in Quimper between second ranked SPO Rouen (18-10) and sixteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (11-17) on Saturday night. SPO Rouen was defeated by Quimper UJAP on the road 63-80. Quimper UJAP outrebounded SPO Rouen 35-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian guard Marius Runkaukas (189-G-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds for SPO Rouen. SPO Rouen's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Quimper UJAP moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Antibes and St Vallier. SPO Rouen lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Evreux. Quimper UJAP is looking forward to face Olympique Antibes (#14) on the road in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Stade Clermont (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (20-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Fos Ouest (16-12) 90-60. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and Marc Judith who added 16 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. At the losing side Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) responded with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre maintains first position with 20-8 record. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Maurienne and Le Portel. JSF Nanterre will play against Boulazac Basket (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fos Ouest will play against Aix-Maurienne (#6) in Aix-les-Bains and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between twelfth ranked Nantes (13-15) and 13th ranked Olympique Antibes (11-17) in Nantes on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Nantes outscored guests from Antibes 91-60. The winners were led by Armand Charles who scored that evening 13 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds by Sacha Massot did not help to save the game for Olympique Antibes. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nantes maintains twelfth position with 13-15 record. Loser Olympique Antibes dropped to the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with St Vallier and Quimper. Nantes will meet higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olympique Antibes will play against Quimper UJAP (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Boulazac was beaten by Bourg on the road 73-67. Lille won against Charleville on its own court 73-65. Dijon managed to outperform Clermont in JDA Dijon 71-60. Evreux managed to beat St Vallier at home 89-78. Le Portel defeated Maurienne on the opponent's court 83-77. Boulogne was smashed by Chalons-Reims in a home game 63-87.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Nigel Wyatte of Le Portel.


Bourg - Boulazac 73-67

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked JL Bourg and 9th ranked Boulazac Basket had identical 14-13 record. This time JL Bourg used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Boulazac 73-67 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Boulazac Basket won third quarter 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Dean Oliver (180-78, college: Iowa) supported him with 12 points and 6 assists. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists by American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) did not help to save the game for Boulazac Basket. Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) added 8 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. JL Bourg (15-13) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Boulogne. Loser Boulazac Basket dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. JL Bourg will meet Saint Vallier (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac Basket will play against the league's leader JSF Nanterre (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 21+9reb+7ast, B.Jacobson 11+5reb+3ast, T.Dubiez 10+2reb+3ast, M.Badiane 8+11reb+1ast, Y.Gaillou 8+1reb+2ast, C.Melicie 7+6reb+2ast
Bourg: D.Monds 19+14reb+2ast, D.Oliver 12+1reb+6ast, C.Ferchaud 11+3reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 11+2reb+2ast, O.Da Silveira 10+5reb+1ast, I.Koma 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 100574


Lille - Charleville 73-65

Rather expected game when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (6-22) lost on the road to fifteenth ranked Lille Metropole (12-16) 73-65 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Charleville-Mezieres won second period 18-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lille Metropole looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who scored that evening 23 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Lille Metropole's coach Fabien Romeyer used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 25 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Charleville-Mezieres. Guard Daye Kaba (191-86, college: Marist) added 14 points for lost side. Lille Metropole moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Charleville-Mezieres stay dead last with 22 lost games. Lille Metropole will meet higher ranked Le Portel (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Charleville: C.Rouse 25+8reb, D.Kaba 14+3reb+2ast, K.Morlende 14+3ast, J.McClark 7+2reb, T.Peterson 3+6reb+3ast, G.Florimont 2+5reb+2ast
Lille: A.Harris 23+5reb, S.Barnette 13+7reb+1ast, B.Gillet 8+2reb+3ast, A.Defoe 7+4reb, A.Mustafa 7+4reb+7ast, R.Malet 6+6ast
gschID: 100575


Nanterre - Fos Ouest 90-60

ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (20-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Fos Ouest (16-12) 90-60. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Fos Ouest was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fos Ouest to just 6 points in first quarter. JSF Nanterre dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Fos Ouest's 40. JSF Nanterre had a 26-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Marc Judith (192-87) who added 16 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. At the losing side Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) responded with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Algerian forward Karim Atamna (194-80) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre maintains first position with 20-8 record. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Maurienne and Le Portel. JSF Nanterre will play against Boulazac Basket (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fos Ouest will play against Aix-Maurienne (#6) in Aix-les-Bains and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: M.Dia 10+1reb, K.Atamna 10+3reb+2ast, L.Cummard 8+3reb+2ast, R.Giaimo 6, M.Hachad 6+5reb+6ast, P.Haquet 6+5reb
Nanterre: M.Riley 16+8reb+3ast, M.Judith 16+3reb+5ast, W.Daniels 14+3reb+2ast, A.Gomis 11+5reb+1ast, N.Carter 10+4reb+2ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 100576


Clermont - Dijon 60-71

Very predictable result when fourth ranked JDA Dijon (17-11) won against on the road 17th ranked Stade Clermont (8-20) 71-60 on Friday. The winners were led by American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Five JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. Even 14 points by American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) did not help to save the game for Stade Clermont. His fellow American import swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. JDA Dijon maintains fourth position with 17-11 record. Loser Stade Clermont keeps the seventeenth place with 20 games lost. JDA Dijon will meet at home higher ranked ALM Evreux (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Stade Clermont will play against the league's second-placed SPO Rouen (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Clermont: O.Bassett 14+3reb+1ast, S.Cisse 10+2reb, D.Bouldin 9+5reb+2ast, T.Ford 8+6reb+1ast, X.Delarue 7+5reb+2ast, M.Guichard 5+1reb+2ast
Dijon: E.Craven 16+3ast, E.Bing 15+11reb+3ast, J.Leloup 12+5reb+3ast, S.Dia 11+8reb, E.Mendy 10+1reb+1ast, A.Christophe 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100577


Nantes - Antibes 91-60

The game between twelfth ranked Nantes (13-15) and 13th ranked Olympique Antibes (11-17) in Nantes on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Nantes outscored guests from Antibes 91-60. The game without a history. Nantes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Nantes shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Olympique Antibes only scored seven points from the stripe. The winners were led by forward Armand Charles (193-83) who scored that evening 13 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds by Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Olympique Antibes. Forward Steeve Ho You Fat (201-88) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Five Nantes and four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nantes maintains twelfth position with 13-15 record. Loser Olympique Antibes dropped to the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with St Vallier and Quimper. Nantes will meet higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olympique Antibes will play against Quimper UJAP (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antibes: S.Ho You Fat 12+9reb, S.Massot 12+10reb+2ast, D.Ramseyer 12+4reb, M.Bojovic 10+3reb, J.Ingram 8+2reb+2ast, M.Courby 4+5reb+1ast
Nantes: K.Barber 14+7reb, T.Downey 14+3reb+4ast, A.Charles 13+7reb+2ast, N.Gayon 11+6ast, S.Dondon 11+3reb+1ast, F.Sahraoui 8
gschID: 100571


Quimper - Rouen 80-63

The most important game in the last round took place in Quimper between second ranked SPO Rouen (18-10) and sixteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (11-17) on Saturday night. SPO Rouen was defeated by Quimper UJAP on the road 63-80. Quimper UJAP outrebounded SPO Rouen 35-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian guard Marius Runkaukas (189-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) added 10 points in the effort for SPO Rouen. SPO Rouen's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Quimper UJAP moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Antibes and St Vallier. SPO Rouen lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Evreux. Quimper UJAP is looking forward to face Olympique Antibes (#14) on the road in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Stade Clermont (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 24+5reb+3ast, D.Williams 10+2reb+3ast, D.Giles 10+4reb+1ast, C.Thioune 9+2reb, C.Soumaoro 5, P.Poupet 3+2reb
Quimper: M.Runkaukas 16+4reb+2ast, A.Rigaux 16+2reb, J.Volcy 14+7reb+1ast, V.Mouillard 10+6reb+3ast, M.Jefferson 9+4reb+1ast, G.Lessort 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100572


Evreux - St Vallier 89-78

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Saint Vallier (11-17) lost on the road to third ranked ALM Evreux (18-10) 89-78 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 34-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ALM Evreux outrebounded Saint Vallier 47-27 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ALM Evreux made 7 blocks. The winners were led by guard Karim Dahak (180-88) who scored that evening 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) supported him with 19 points and 5 assists. Even 16 points, 7 assists and 6 steals by American guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) did not help to save the game for Saint Vallier. His fellow American import swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) added 13 points for lost side. Five ALM Evreux and four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. ALM Evreux moved-up to second place, which they share with Rouen. Loser Saint Vallier keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Antibes and Quimper. ALM Evreux will meet JDA Dijon (#4) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against JL Bourg (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: K.Shiloh 16+2reb+7ast, D.Lyons 13+3reb+3ast, D.Denave 11+3reb+3ast, M.Tensorer 10+5reb, C.Bronchard 9+3reb+3ast, K.Bichard 8+1ast
Evreux: T.Maizeroi 20+4reb+1ast, D.Davis 19+4reb+5ast, K.Dahak 18+6reb+6ast, D.Reed 14+10reb, C.Watson 12+10reb+4ast, B.Toffin 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 100573


Maurienne - Le Portel 77-83

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Le Portel (16-12) defeated 6th ranked Aix-Maurienne (16-12) in Aix-les-Bains 83-77 on Friday. Aix-Maurienne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Le Portel made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) supported him with 16 points and 7 assists. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Aix-Maurienne. Naturalized Cameroonian guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) added 18 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Le Portel moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Maurienne and Fos Ouest. Le Portel will meet at home Lille Metropole (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play against Fos Ouest (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: J.Ekanga-Ehawa 18+2reb+3ast, J.Mathis 17+7reb+2ast, T.Gipson 13+4reb+2ast, S.Darnauzan 10+1reb+4ast, J.Hoyaux 6+1ast, T.Yvrande 5+10reb+3ast
Le Portel: C.Davis 21+2reb+2ast, N.Wyatte 16+11reb+4ast, A.Rowland 16+3reb+7ast, M.Labeyrie 11+6reb, I.Sy 7+1reb+1ast, F.N'Kembe 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100569


Boulogne - Chalons-Reims 63-87

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (15-13) was outleveled at home by eleventh ranked Chalons-Reims (15-13) 87-63 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-63. Chalons-Reims dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to SO Maritime Boulogne's 22. The winners were led by the former international swingman Gary Chathuant (196-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) supported him with 20 points. Five Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Even 15 points by American guard Tony Stanley (192-77, college: Dayton) did not help to save the game for SO Maritime Boulogne. Forward Lamine Kante (199-87) added 12 points for lost side. Chalons-Reims moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bourg and Boulogne. Chalons-Reims will meet at home Nantes (#12) in the next round. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: T.Stanley 15+4reb+2ast, E.Plateau 12+1reb, L.Kante 12+3reb, L.Milbourne 9+1reb+2ast, M.N'Diaye 6+1reb, D.Monroe 5+6reb+3ast
Chalons-Reims: C.Daniels 20+4reb+3ast, G.Chathuant 15+11reb+1ast, G.Radonjic 12+3reb+1ast, B.Mullins 10+3reb+6ast, K.Joss-Rauze 10+4ast, J.Bestron 10+2reb
gschID: 100570




ProA Round 24: Chalon/Saor loses to Gravelines-Dunkerque - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Gravelines between second ranked Chalon/Saor (16-8) and fourth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-7) on Saturday night. Chalon/Saor was defeated by Gravelines-Dunkerque in a tough game on the road 65-73. Chalon/Saor was trailing by 15 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Gravelines-Dunkerque, which allowed them to win the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque outrebounded Chalon/Saor 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: ZAG Advocates) replied with 20 points and 5 steals for Chalon/Saor. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to third place. Chalon/Saor at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque are looking forward to face ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play at home against Entente Orleans 45 and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a seventh victory. This time they won against eighth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez 79-68. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Demetris Nichols who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. JA Vichy (7-17) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Limoges. Newly promoted Pau-Lacq-Orthez keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Le Mans. JA Vichy will play against higher ranked Le Mans (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against ASVEL in Villeurbanne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProA top team - Cholet (19-5) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (14-10) 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hyeres-Toulon. The winners were led by Sammy Mejia who scored that evening 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by Rick Hughes did not help to save the game for Hyeres-Toulon. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Alain Weisz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-5 record. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Cholet will meet Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#15) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Orleans. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked STB Le Havre (9-15) to twelfth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (10-14) 69-68 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Adrien Moerman who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Strasbourg. STB Le Havre at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Entente Orleans 45's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. STB Le Havre will play against Poitiers (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Fourteenth ranked Poitiers (9-15) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (15-9) 80-77 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was a good game for Antonio Grant who led his team to a victory with 15 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Poitiers moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Le Havre. Loser Chorale de Roanne keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Poitiers will face STB Le Havre (#13) on the road in the next round. Chorale de Roanne will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: Strasbourg was smashed by Nancy on the road 88-61. Limoges destroyed Paris-Levallois on its own court 89-66. Le Mans managed to outperform ASVEL in a road game 81-70.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 28 points and 6 rebounds by John Cox of Le Havre.



Nancy - Strasbourg 88-61

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Sluc Nancy (17-7) crushed at home 10th ranked Strasbourg IG (10-14) 88-61 on Saturday. Sluc Nancy dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Strasbourg IG's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 assists. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Pervis Pasco (206-81, college: Kansas St.) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Strasbourg IG. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sluc Nancy moved-up to second place. Loser Strasbourg IG keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Sluc Nancy will face Paris-Levallois (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Strasbourg IG will play against the league's leader Cholet (#1).
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 15+6reb+3ast, P.Pasco 10+6reb+4ast, A.MBaye 8+2reb+4ast, S.Giffa 7+2reb+1ast, A.Jeanneau 7+3reb, J.McCord 6+2reb+1ast
Nancy: W.Deane 18+3reb+11ast, K.Grant 18+2reb+3ast, V.Samnick 17+10reb+2ast, A.Akingbala 15+10reb+1ast, M.Badiane 9+4reb+1ast, T.Darden 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 100281


Limoges - Paris-Levallois 89-66

There was a minor upset when 13th ranked Paris-Levallois (8-16) was smashed on the road by fifteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (7-17) 89-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Limoges CSP Elite led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Limoges CSP Elite outrebounded Paris-Levallois 36-25 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) replied with 17 points and forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite maintains fifteenth position with 7-17 record, which they share with Vichy. Paris-Levallois lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 17+1reb+3ast, L.Hamilton 13+5reb+1ast, V.Evtimov 10+5reb, M.Sommerville 7+4reb+3ast, D.Noel 6+5reb+1ast, J.Ball 5+2reb+3ast
Limoges: R.Hite 22+5reb+6ast, C.Massie 16+14reb+5ast, N.Ebi 16+10reb, R.Desroses 12+2ast, R.Taylor 9+4ast, A.Salmon 7+2reb
gschID: 100278


Vichy - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 79-68

Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a seventh victory. This time they won against eighth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez 79-68. The game was mostly controlled by JA Vichy. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was better in third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Florian Lesca (195-89) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JA Vichy (7-17) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Limoges. Newly promoted Pau-Lacq-Orthez keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Le Mans. JA Vichy will play against higher ranked Le Mans (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against ASVEL in Villeurbanne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: F.Lesca 16+5reb+1ast, T.Gipson 15+10reb+8ast, T.Bryant 12+2reb+3ast, D.Bennett 10+5reb, J.Morency 7+2reb+1ast, S.Rimac 4+3reb+4ast
Vichy: J.Shuler 19+10reb+4ast, D.Nichols 17+6reb+2ast, T.Larrouquis 14+3reb+3ast, E.Brower 11+3reb+1ast, A.Eito 9+2reb+3ast, R.Gaines 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100279


Poitierarleys - Roanne 80-77

Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Fourteenth ranked Poitiers (9-15) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (15-9) 80-77 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 27-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. Swingman Evan Fournier (198-92) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Ben McCauley (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Poitiers moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Le Havre. Loser Chorale de Roanne keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Poitiers will face STB Le Havre (#13) on the road in the next round. Chorale de Roanne will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Roanne: B.McCauley 15+9reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 15+8reb+3ast, P.Amagou 11+1reb+2ast, R.Davis 11+1reb+3ast, D.Downey 9+3reb+3ast, P.Braud 7+2reb
Poitierarleys: A.Grant 15+4reb+1ast, K.Younger 15+4reb, E.Fournier 14+5reb, C.Ona-Embo 11+2reb+6ast, Y.Devehat 6+3reb+3ast, P.Badiane 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100280


Gravelines - Chalon 73-65

The most important game in the last round took place in Gravelines between second ranked Chalon/Saor (16-8) and fourth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-7) on Saturday night. Chalon/Saor was defeated by Gravelines-Dunkerque in a tough game on the road 65-73. Chalon/Saor was trailing by 15 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Gravelines-Dunkerque, which allowed them to win the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque outrebounded Chalon/Saor 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: ZAG Advocates) replied with 20 points and 5 steals and guard Nicolas Lang (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points in the effort for Chalon/Saor. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to third place. Chalon/Saor at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque are looking forward to face ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play at home against Entente Orleans 45 and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 20+4reb+1ast, N.Lang 12+2reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 9+3reb, I.Evtimov 8+4reb+2ast, A.Aminu 5+4reb, M.Haynes 4+4reb+2ast
Gravelines: J.Johnson 18+7reb+1ast, M.Sene 15+7reb, B.Woodside 12+5reb+8ast, J.Greer 9+3reb+1ast, D.Issa 7+10reb+1ast, R.Jomby 4+3reb
gschID: 100274


Cholet - Hyeres-Toulon 78-68

ProA top team - Cholet (19-5) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (14-10) 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hyeres-Toulon. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-68. The winners were led by Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) who scored that evening 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Hyeres-Toulon. The former international power forward Vincent Masingue (205-76) added 12 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Hyeres-Toulon's coach Alain Weisz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-5 record. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Cholet will meet Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 17+9reb+1ast, V.Masingue 12+9reb+2ast, J.Flowers 8+1reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 8+6reb+2ast, P.Morlende 6+3reb+7ast, L.Legname 6+1reb
Cholet: S.Mejia 19+8reb+8ast, D.Nelson 17+1reb+1ast, A.Robinson 16+12reb+2ast, W.Gradit 11+1reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 7+1reb+5ast, L.Vebobe 4+12reb
gschID: 100275


Orleans - Le Havre 69-68

A very interesting game took place in Orleans. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked STB Le Havre (9-15) to twelfth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (10-14) 69-68 on Saturday evening. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 23-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Entente Orleans 45 made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international power forward Adrien Moerman (204-88) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Senegalese forward Maleye NDoye (203-80, college: Furman) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) who recorded 28 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Wes Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Strasbourg. STB Le Havre at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Entente Orleans 45's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. STB Le Havre will play against Poitiers (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: J.Cox 28+6reb+2ast, M.King 10+3ast, J.Jones 9+6reb+2ast, W.Wilkinson 9+7reb+4ast, Y.Sangare 7+2reb+3ast, N.Pope 3+3reb
Orleans: A.Moerman 18+5reb+1ast, M.NDoye 13+2reb+5ast, L.Vaty 11+6reb+1ast, T.Porter 8+2reb, J.Smith 8+4reb+1ast, E.Campbell 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 100276


ASVEL - Le Mans 70-81

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Le Mans (11-13) won against 7th ranked ASVEL (12-11) in Villeurbanne 81-70 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Mans. ASVEL was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Le Mans forced 20 ASVEL turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Greek center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) added 17 points and 7 assists in the effort for ASVEL. Five Le Mans and four ASVEL players scored in double figures. Le Mans moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Loser ASVEL keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Le Mans will face bottom-ranked JA Vichy (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: M.Walsh 17+2reb+7ast, D.Jefferson 16+6reb+2ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 14+13reb+1ast, M.Gelabale 11+4reb, P.Lacombe 5, C.Hammonds 3+2reb+3ast
Le Mans: A.Acker 17+6reb+7ast, M.Kakiouzis 14+4reb+1ast, B.Dewar 12+3reb+1ast, A.Diot 11+4reb+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 10+3reb, R.Lewin 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100277




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Blair, Denek23.4 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.9 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest18.1 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.5 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux17.0 
 6. James, Challans16.8 
 7. Blot, Blois16.2 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin16.0 
 9. Disy, Roche16.0 
 10. Howell, St Quentin15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Simmons, St Et.8.8 
 2. Balocka, Lievin8.8 
 3. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 4. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 5. Hoard, Lievin8.1 
 6. Cilly, Orchy7.9 
 7. Lopez, Brest7.7 
 8. Brocheray, Denain7.6 
 9. Ford, Bordeaux7.6 
 10. Kennedy, Orchy7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Julien CORTEY
  Le Puy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cortey, Le Puy6.9 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.7 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.5.0 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 5. Rambur, St Quentin4.3 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.2 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.1 
 8. Dessart, Lievin3.6 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.6 
 10. Driss, Bordeaux3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
 5. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 6. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 7. James, Challans1.7 
 8. Blot, Blois1.7 
 9. Driss, Bordeaux1.6 
 10. Roberts, Brest1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.9 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 4. Ford, Bordeaux1.6 
 5. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 7. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 10. Gourde, Get Vosges0.9 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Superleague Round 7: MZT Skopje is defeated by Fersped-Rabotnicki in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Superleague.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) and MZT Skopje (#2). Fersped-Rabotnicki (17-8) won against visiting MZT Skopje (19-6) 91-82. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for the former international center Pero Blazevski (200-72) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. International guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-81, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side center Kiril Nikolovski (210-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains third place in Superleague with 17-8 record having six points less than leader Feni Indistrija. MZT Skopje at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki are looking forward to face ABA Strumica (#5) on the road in the next round. MZT Skopje will play against Lirija and is hoping to win this game.
Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (23-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked ABA Strumica (10-15) 90-66. It was a quality performance for Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Vojdan Stojanovski accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds. American center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds for ABA Strumica in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in Superleague with 23-2 record. Newly promoted ABA Strumica keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against Torus Skopje (#4) at home in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against Fersped-Rabotnicki in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Lirija was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Torus Skopje (15-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Lirija (8-17). Torus Skopje defeated Lirija 93-81 on Saturday. Bojan Trajkovski fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Soler Mavel Rejnerio produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Torus Skopje maintains fourth place in Superleague with 15-10 record. Newly promoted Lirija keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Torus Skopje will meet league's leader Feni Indistrija in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lirija will play against the league's second-placed MZT Skopje (#2) and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kumanovo. First ranked host Kumanovo 2009 (11-11) smashed their biggest opponent Ovce Pole (7-15) 112-86. Worth to mention a great performance of Dejan Mikic who helped to win the game recording 31 points (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Kumanovo 2009's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kumanovo 2009 have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Kumanovo 2009 maintains first place in Play OUT with 11-11 record. Ovce Pole at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points, 6 rebounds, 13 assists and 5 steals by Carlos Morban of Lirija.



Group Superleague
ABA Strumica - Feni Indistrija 66-90

Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (23-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked ABA Strumica (10-15) 90-66. The game without a history. Feni Indistrija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 64.3 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Feni Indistrija especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a quality performance for Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. American center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for ABA Strumica in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in Superleague with 23-2 record. Newly promoted ABA Strumica keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against Torus Skopje (#4) at home in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against Fersped-Rabotnicki in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Knezevic 17+7reb+1ast, J.Frye 15+3reb+2ast, V.Stojanovski 13+5reb+3ast, V.Brckov 12+1reb+4ast, D.Sokolov 11+3reb+3ast, D.Tasovski 10+2reb
ABA Strumica: J.Chappell 15+7reb+2ast, J.Boswell 14+4ast, M.Neal 13+4reb, M.Hasanov 7, S.Hadzivasilev 6+1reb, Z.Stojanov 5+3reb
gschID: 123097


Group Superleague
Lirija - Torus Skopje 81-93

The game in Lirija was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Torus Skopje (15-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Lirija (8-17). Torus Skopje defeated Lirija 93-81 on Saturday. Lirija was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of Torus Skopje, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Lirija's players. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Soler Mavel Rejnerio produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian center Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points and 17 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Torus Skopje maintains fourth place in Superleague with 15-10 record. Newly promoted Lirija keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Torus Skopje will meet league's leader Feni Indistrija in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lirija will play against the league's second-placed MZT Skopje (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 21+8reb+3ast, I.Dimcevski 17+4reb+2ast, N.Jelesijevic 16+11reb+4ast, J.Markovski 13+1reb+1ast, A.Kostovski 12+5ast, N.Karakolev 9+4reb+3ast
Lirija: S.Mavel Rejnerio 25+10reb+2ast, C.Morban 19+3reb, G.Jovanovic 14+17reb+1ast, E.Azemi 14+3reb+1ast, M.Despotovic 6+2reb+3ast, K.Pavlovski 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 123098


Group Superleague
Rabotnicki - MZT Skopje 91-82

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) and MZT Skopje (#2). Fersped-Rabotnicki (17-8) won against visiting MZT Skopje (19-6) 91-82. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for the former international center Pero Blazevski (200-72) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. International guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-81, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side center Kiril Nikolovski (210-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) scored 17 points. Five Fersped-Rabotnicki and four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains third place in Superleague with 17-8 record having six points less than leader Feni Indistrija. MZT Skopje at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki are looking forward to face ABA Strumica (#5) on the road in the next round. MZT Skopje will play against Lirija and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: P.Blazevski 26+8reb+6ast, D.Mirakovski 16+3reb+3ast, M.Simonovski 15+2reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 12+1reb, G.Dendra 10+8reb, E.Bogoev 10+3reb+3ast
MZT Skopje: K.Nikolovski 17+13reb+3ast, N.Zivcevic 17+2reb+2ast, M.Pupovic 15+3reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 12+3reb+4ast, V.Velickovic 9+3reb+1ast, P.Naumovski 6
gschID: 123099


Group Play OUT
Kumanovo 2009 - Ovce Pole 112-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kumanovo. First ranked host Kumanovo 2009 (11-11) smashed their biggest opponent Ovce Pole (7-15) 112-86. The game without a history. Kumanovo 2009 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kumanovo 2009 dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Ovce Pole's 52. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) who helped to win the game recording 31 points (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Kumanovo 2009's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jove Kurciev (197-87) answered with 22 points and guard Tomce Stojcevski (191-86) added 20 points in the effort for Ovce Pole. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Kumanovo 2009 maintains first place in Play OUT with 11-11 record. Ovce Pole at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo 2009: D.Mikic 31+3reb+1ast, M.Janjusevic 23+2reb+2ast, I.Vukotic 15+3reb+6ast, D.Matic 15+2reb, D.Kalov 11+6reb, K.Manevik 7+3reb+1ast
Ovce Pole: J.Kurciev 22+2reb+2ast, T.Stojcevski 20+1reb, R.Stojanov 14+4reb+1ast, B.Janeski 11+6reb+1ast, D.Zaharievski 10+2reb, T.Ivkovic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 123100




D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Superleague
 1. Feni Indistrija 23-2 
 2. MZT Skopje 19-6 
 3. Rabotnicki 17-8 
 4. Torus Skopje 15-10 
 5. ABA Strumica 10-15 
 6. Lirija 8-17 
Play OUT
 1. Kumanovo 2009 11-11 
 2. Ovce Pole 7-15 
 3. Ultimate Basket 5-16 
 4. Pelister Bitola 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.6 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.4 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Morban, Lirija16.5 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.16.3 
 8. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 9. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.8 
 10. Blazevski, Rabotnicki15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Lirija
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 3. Jovanovic, Lirija9.3 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.9.0 
 5. Pavlovski, Lirija8.6 
 6. Jelesijevic, Torus S.8.4 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.2 
 8. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 9. Chappell, ABA S.7.5 
 10. Rejnerio, Lirija7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kostovski, Torus S.5.0 
 2. Morban, Lirija4.9 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.9 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.3.9 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Vukotic, Kumanovo.3.2 
 9. Samardziev, Feni I.3.0 
 10. Stojanovski, Feni I.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Boswell, ABA S.1.7 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.1.7 
 4. Pupovic, MZT S.1.6 
 5. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.6 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 7. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 8. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 9. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 10. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.1.9 
 2. Jelesijevic, Torus S.1.7 
 3. Chappell, ABA S.1.5 
 4. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 7. Avramovski, MZT S.1.0 
 8. Krstevski, Torus S.1.0 
 9. Dendra, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 


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Giorgi Shermadini (Big-G) - All-Euroleague Honorable Mention - by Geo Basket
In the games of Union Olimpija Ljubljana in the Top 16 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season 2010-11, Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) showed undoubtely great performance and proved once more that he is one of the biggest talent in the world. From the first time it was big surprise that Georgian international scored double digits against going Euroleague champs Regal Barcelona while Olimpija lost very regretful game at home by single point. But then Shermadini clinched one more season high against best performing team of the Regular Season Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Giorgi Shermadini averaged 10ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.2 bpg, 75% 2FG and 81.8% FT with 15.7 Rkg!!! in 21:16 mpg.

If we look at his impressive profile, we will find that Big-G (his nickname) led U20 European Championships 2007 in Nova Gorica (2.1bpg) as well as U20 European Championships 2008 in Riga (3.7bpg). Therefore it is not a big surprise that this time in 2010-11 season of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Giorgi Shermadini led Top 16 in blocks (2.2bpg).

Euroleague.net started voting for All-Euroleague Team where Giorgi Shermadini is one of the nomenee to become All-Euroleague 1st/2nd Team. He has pretty low chance to be nominated though as online voting will be won by the players who are or are playing from/in the countries which has more online basketball users + Media representatives. In this case we have clear favorite which is Greece as All-Euroleague team looks so Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82), Romain Sato (194-G/F-81), Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Mike Batiste (203-F-77).


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.4 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.2 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim18.2 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 6. Watts, Dragons17.9 
 7. Yearby, Cuxhaven17.4 
 8. Samarco, Webmoebel17.4 
 9. Cook, Cuxhaven17.1 
 10. Harbut, Chemnitz16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim10.5 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.9 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.7 
 5. Watts, Dragons8.6 
 6. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim8.0 
 8. Schoo, Heidelberg8.0 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz7.9 
 10. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron COOK
  Cuxhaven
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Cook, Cuxhaven6.2 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz6.0 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim5.6 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim5.3 
 5. Johnson, Webmoebel4.9 
 6. Larsen, Dragons4.6 
 7. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.6 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 9. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Paul GAUSE
  Freiburg
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 2. Johnson, Webmoebel2.9 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz1.8 
 8. Burns, Webmoebel1.8 
 9. Gray, Crailsheim1.7 
 10. Scott, Kirchheim1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Telekom Baskets
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.0 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim1.9 
 3. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.7 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.5 
 6. Hill, Jena1.3 
 7. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.3 
 8. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 9. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 
 10. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.1 


ProA Round 27: Bayern Muenchen beats GiroLive-Ballers in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ProA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osnabrueck. First ranked Bayern Muenchen faced 4th placed GiroLive-Ballers. Guests from Muenchen (26-1) defeated host GiroLive-Ballers (16-10) 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. GiroLive-Ballers managed to win fourth quarter 19-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Bastian Doreth (183-89) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-1 record. GiroLive-Ballers at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Braves. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Cuxhaven BasCats (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. GiroLive-Ballers will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#4) in Homburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Paderborn was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Webmoebel Baskets (14-13). Webmoebel Baskets managed to secure a 8-point victory 89-81. It was a good game for American guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Ben Spoeler contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Ryan Anderson (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Crailsheim Merlins. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Crailsheim and Kirchheim. Crailsheim Merlins lost their fifth game in a row. Webmoebel Baskets will play against BG Karlsruhe (#9) on the road in the next round. Crailsheim Merlins will play against USC Freiburg and hope to get back on the winning track.
Sixteenth-ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (7-20) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (16-10) in Homburg on Sunday. Saar-Pfalz Braves managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Jason Jamerson who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Saar-Pfalz Braves' coach Nenad Josipovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Sanijay Watts with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Osnabrueck. Dragons Rhoendorf lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will meet GiroLive-Ballers (#5) in the next round. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#3) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Cuxhaven, where higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (12-15) lost to thirteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (10-17) in a road game 77-88. It was an exceptional evening for Aaron Cook who led the winners and scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Cuxhaven BasCats. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Heidelberg and ETB Wohnbau. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats' next round opponent will be league's leader Bayern Muenchen on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Heidelberg. Local USC Heidelberg (10-17) was outscored by thirteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (10-17) 98-73 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Chris Alexander who scored 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. USC Heidelberg's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for ETB Wohnbau. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Heidelberg and Cuxhaven. ETB Wohnbau will face Science City Jena (#15) at home in the next round.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Wuerzburg defeated Jena in a road game 82-70. Freiburg was smashed by Kirchheim at home 73-94. Chemnitz destroyed Hannover on the opponent's court 82-63.
The best stats of 27th round was 37 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 blocks by Marcus Smallwood of Kirchheim.



Jena - Wuerzburg 70-82

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Science City Jena (8-19) was defeated at home by second ranked s Oliver Baskets (20-7) 82-70 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. Science City Jena was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when s Oliver Baskets won last quarter 23-12. s Oliver Baskets outrebounded Science City Jena 47-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83) who scored 19 points. American guard Timothy Burnette (188-82, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Melvin Hall (183-85, college: S.Indiana) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Christian Hoffmann (184-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second place with 20-7 record having six points less than leader B.Muenchen. Loser Science City Jena keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face Hannover Tigers (#10) in Hannover in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play on the road against ETB Wohnbau (#11) in Essen.
Top scorers:
Jena: M.Hall 15+8reb+2ast, C.Hoffmann 14+1reb+6ast, L.Cunningham 13+4reb, T.Kepkay 8+3reb+2ast, A.Hill 6+10reb+1ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 5
Wuerzburg: L.Jeka 19+4reb+2ast, T.Burnette 13+2reb+5ast, J.Levy 8+5reb+1ast, T.Baker 8+6reb+1ast, I.Elliott 8+10reb+1ast, C.Heinrich 7+3reb
gschID: 93578


Freiburg - Kirchheim 73-94

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Kirchheim Knights (14-13) smashed on the road 14th ranked USC Freiburg (9-18) 94-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-73. Kirchheim Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to USC Freiburg's 50. They outrebounded USC Freiburg 49-37 including 20 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 18-of-22 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Paul Gause (180-86, college: Seton Hall) added 9 points and 6 assists respectively. USC Freiburg's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Webmoebel and Crailsheim. Loser USC Freiburg keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Kirchheim Knights will face USC Heidelberg (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. USC Freiburg will play against Crailsheim Merlins.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: J.Heindel 13+9reb+3ast, J.Nutter 11+4reb+2ast, A.Shoutvin 10+4reb+1ast, M.Jost 9+4reb, B.McKenzie 9+2reb+2ast, P.Gause 9+4reb+6ast
Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 37+20reb, C.Brooks 22+5reb+3ast, N.Menck 11+9reb, B.Lischka 8+4reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 7+5reb+4ast, G.Scott 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 93575


Heidelberg - ETB Wohnbau 73-98

The game with biggest result difference took place in Heidelberg. Local USC Heidelberg (10-17) was outscored by thirteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (10-17) 98-73 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by ETB Wohnbau. USC Heidelberg was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ETB Wohnbau made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for ETB Wohnbau especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who scored 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-87, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Greg Baker (194-84, college: Adams St.) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Danilo Barthel (207-91) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively. USC Heidelberg's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for ETB Wohnbau. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Heidelberg and Cuxhaven. ETB Wohnbau will face Science City Jena (#15) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: G.Baker 16+5reb+1ast, J.Wright 16+2reb+3ast, B.Schoo 14+2reb+2ast, D.Barthel 8+11reb+2ast, K.Barth 8+3ast, J.Bohannon 5+3reb+1ast
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 33+6reb+4ast, S.Esterkamp 19+2reb+3ast, M.Buljevic 18+3reb+5ast, K.Chones 8+7reb+1ast, S.Schroter 6+5reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 6+2reb
gschID: 93576


Braves - Dragons 73-70

Sixteenth-ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (7-20) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (16-10) in Homburg on Sunday. Saar-Pfalz Braves managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Max Weber (201-85) helped adding 10 points and 5 assists. Saar-Pfalz Braves' coach Nenad Josipovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-90, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Osnabrueck. Dragons Rhoendorf lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will meet GiroLive-Ballers (#5) in the next round. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dragons: S.Watts 17+10reb+3ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 17+9reb, R.Howard 12+5reb+1ast, K.Moore 11+2reb+2ast, D.Spraggins 9+7reb+2ast, N.Larsen 2+3reb+6ast
Braves: J.Jamerson 13+7reb+3ast, M.Weber 10+2reb+5ast, S.Cramer 9+4reb+2ast, T.Carr 9+2reb+2ast, R.Cardenas 8+3reb, R.Oehle 8+3reb
gschID: 93577


Hannover - Chemnitz 63-82

Very expected game when 10th ranked Hannover Tigers (11-16) were rolled over at home by third ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (18-9) 82-63 on Saturday. The game without a history. BV Chemnitz 99 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. BV Chemnitz 99 forced 20 Hannover Tigers turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Four BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. BV Chemnitz 99's coach Torsten Loibl allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) who recorded 9 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Canadian guard Steve Janzen (191-82) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively. BV Chemnitz 99 maintains third place with 18-9 record having eight points less than leader B.Muenchen. Loser Hannover Tigers keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will face bottom-ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hannover Tigers will play against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
Hannover: S.Janzen 17+2reb+5ast, S.Turnbull 13+6reb+4ast, B.Byerson 9+13reb+3ast, T.Welzel 6+1ast, M.Nunnally 6+6reb+2ast, D.Arigbabu 6+2reb
Chemnitz: T.Harbut 20+7reb+1ast, G.Johnson 15+3reb+6ast, A.Zazai 14+3reb+3ast, D.Lawson 14+4reb, J.Schmidt 9+2reb, T.Lipke 6+1reb
gschID: 93572


Osnabrueck - B.Muenchen 70-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osnabrueck. First ranked Bayern Muenchen faced 4th placed GiroLive-Ballers. Guests from Muenchen (26-1) defeated host GiroLive-Ballers (16-10) 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. GiroLive-Ballers managed to win fourth quarter 19-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Bastian Doreth (183-89) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and Canadian guard Tristan Blackwood (183-85) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-1 record. GiroLive-Ballers at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Braves. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Cuxhaven BasCats (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. GiroLive-Ballers will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#4) in Homburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osnabrueck: A.Fleetwood 20+6reb+1ast, T.Blackwood 14+2reb+5ast, S.Greene 10+3reb, T.Spoeler 9+7reb, A.Hird 8+2reb+1ast, P.Johnson 6+6reb
B.Muenchen: B.Doreth 21+5reb+3ast, J.Wallace 14+5reb, R.Garrett 11+1reb, A.Nadjfeji 10+3reb+2ast, D.Hall 10+4reb+1ast, S.Hamann 6+4ast
gschID: 93573


Webmoebel - Crailsheim 89-81

The game in Paderborn was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Webmoebel Baskets (14-13). Webmoebel Baskets managed to secure a 8-point victory 89-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Crailsheim Merlins won third quarter 21-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Webmoebel Baskets won last quarter 28-22. They also forced 23 Crailsheim Merlins turnovers. Strangely Crailsheim Merlins outrebounded Webmoebel Baskets 37-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Forward Ben Spoeler (206-88) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Webmoebel Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Ryan Anderson (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Congolese power forward Blanchard Obiango (202-88) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Crailsheim Merlins. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Crailsheim and Kirchheim. Crailsheim Merlins lost their fifth game in a row. Webmoebel Baskets will play against BG Karlsruhe (#9) on the road in the next round. Crailsheim Merlins will play against USC Freiburg and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: R.Anderson 22+8reb+3ast, B.Obiango 10+9reb, F.Oladipo 10+5reb+4ast, K.Gray 9+3reb+3ast, D.Dorr 9+2reb+1ast, F.Young 8
Webmoebel: K.Johnson 26+2reb+8ast, M.Samarco 19+3reb+3ast, B.Spoeler 17+7reb+2ast, D.Lieneke 12+5reb+1ast, K.Roemer 8, D.Burns 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 93574


Cuxhaven - Karlsruhe 88-77

We should mention about the upset which took place in Cuxhaven, where higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (12-15) lost to thirteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (10-17) in a road game 77-88. BG Karlsruhe was ahead by 12 points at the halftime before a 50-27 second half run of Cuxhaven BasCats. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) who led the winners and scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) accounted for 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) came up with 26 points and 5 rebounds and guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) added 17 points respectively for BG Karlsruhe in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Cuxhaven BasCats. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Heidelberg and ETB Wohnbau. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats' next round opponent will be league's leader Bayern Muenchen on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 26+5reb+3ast, F.Stuckemann 17+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 11+6reb+3ast, J.Black 8+6reb+2ast, A.Rueck 8+3reb, A.Zyskunov 7+4reb
Cuxhaven: A.Cook 27+8reb+8ast, D.Yearby 23+13reb+1ast, J.Capel 15+5reb, J.Schaffrath 9+5reb+2ast, A.Hasenkamm 5+1reb+1ast, E.Shaw 5+5reb
gschID: 93571




The Artland Dragons Hold A Nasty Flame On The Treasure Beating The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 90-56 Reaching Third Place In The 2011 Top 4 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
At 13:30 on Top 4 final day, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would rather have been in their hotel rooms chilling watching the Repeat of the UCONN win over Kentucky and seeing Kemba Walker (185-G-90) flashing his Disney Land smile, dreaming about their 2011 home town summer fantasy or just playing a cute harmless prank on their room mate, but instead the gang of Gordon Herbert found themselves on the basketball court playing a meaningless constellation game for third place, which is as undesirable for a competitive player like the first day of school for a kid after the summer holidays, having to have played against the 2011 NCAA Butler team that has mowed away all of the competition so far except UCONN like a hurricane can the coast of Florida or having to go into a New York city bar as a Red Sox fan when their team is losing badly. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still seemed to be a bit in sleep mode as they were creamed by The Artland Dragons 90-56 not reaching their goal as 2011 beko BBL cup champion, but coming home to the river Main with very sad faces in fourth place and with a whole lot of questions. 'This was not a meaningless game to me, but meant a lot. You have to play each game as if it means a lot. If your going to lose at least lose with pride', expressed Skyliner center Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). The Artland Dragons have often had very difficult games against Frankfurt and couldnt believe what they were seeing on the court an dhow easy everything seemed. 'I was very surprised how flat Frankfurt was. They had no energy at all', witnessed Artland Dragon guard Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell). 'I dont think it was tough playing at this time for us. We had the chance to learn from our mistakes in the Braunschweig loss, but we didnt against Artland which was even worse', stated Skyliner guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). 'Even if you have to play at an early hour, you have to come to play', warned Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were thwarted by The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in getting their 2011 cup treasure, but at least they could of gotten a type of constellation prize from the treasure chest against The Artland Dragons, but were denied again but this time even more rudely as they lost by 36 points. 'The Artland Dragons blew that flame all ove rthe treasure chest not letting us to open it', said current top scorer of the beko BBL DaShaun Wood. 'Our anger didnt allow them to get close to that treasure', smiled Artland Dragon forward Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary). The dragon in general isnt only talented at sprouting a flame, but also other things. 'We were able to hide the treasure well and they didnt find it', joked Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell). It didnt help the cause either that DaShaun Wood didnt play as Frankfurt was without their top scorer and assist man. 'It was awful being on the bench. I wanted to play very badly, but coach Herbert felt is was better to sit out not risking anything with two games coming up next weekend. My back was a little tight. If we had been in the final, I would of played', expressed DaShaun Wood. The fans didnt see the duel of the beko BBL top point guards DaShaun Wood-Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) which sort of added a sour tone to the game. 'It is always great playing against a great competitor like Wood, but he was nursing an injury. You just got to do what you have to do', added Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.). Frankfurt had many dents in various spots of their game and mustered only 5 team assists below the game average of Wood. 'We started out ok, but their depth took a toll on us. We missed Wood a lot calling plays and creating. As soon as they closed down the pain, we had nothing to fall back on', added Skyliner center Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). 'The key to the win was defending well, taking away their three pointer and rebounding well', stressed Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell).

The third place game started in the early afternoon as only about 40% of the arena was filled at tip off. While Frankfurt and Artland fans were already in the arena cheering their respective teams on, Bamberg and Braunschweig fans were basking in the early spring sun and enjoying brunch. Skyliner coach inserted captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) into the starting lineup that had the duty of barking the play signals for the resting Wood. The first quarter was a very tight affair as there were seven lead chances until the Artland Dragons broke away in the last few minutes of the quarter and would never look back. Skyliner center Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) was tearing up the first quarter as he scored 10 points, but it seemed like no one really noticed as the Stechert arena was as quiet as main street in down town French Lick, Indiana in Larry Bird country. The Artland Dragons got early production from Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) that hit jumpers and ex NBA player Robert Kurz snuck underneath for a dunk after getting fed perfectly from ex Boston College stand out Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.). Frankfurt led 12-9 as Moss had 10 points and Jimmy McKinney had chipped in with two free throws. Artland then went on a mini 4-0 run as Bailey hit a jumper stepping to his right and Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH) found daylight in the paint scoring. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) gave Frankfurt the 14-13 lead nailing an open three pointer. Frankfurt held the lead 19-16 getting free throws from Jevohn Shepherd and De Mello. However The Artland Dragons closed out the first quarter with a 9-0 bombardment leading 25-19 after ten minutes. Artland was playing smart inside7out basketball getting outside help from Kurz and damage inside from Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH). 'Moss started out hot, but once we took that away and just let them shoot, that gave us a big advantage in the game', expressed Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell). The Artland Dragons were shooting 69% from the field and 50% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 27% from the field and 25% from outside. Artland had the comfortable 11-5 rebound edge, but three turnovers while Frankfurt had none

The 9-0 Dragons run from the end of the first quarter didnt stop abruptly in the second quarter as it skyrocketed to an 8-0 run as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners trailed 33-19. Artland got a big three point bomb from three time beko BBL cup winner Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) and a hoop and free throws from Peavy. Frankfurt was playing unconcentrated getting a 24 shot clock violation and Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) offensive foul. Frankfurt had problems coming back into the game as they did offensive production from Mckinney and Roller in the form of jumpers, but continued to be too lax on the defensive end. Artland got points inside (Peavy), form the foul line (Rice) or from downtown (Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary)). The only bright spot in this phase for Frankfurt was Roller who ha dthe hot hand dropping two jumpers as Frankfurt trailed 48-32 and was trying to stay within reach and not get infected more by the lethal Artland offensive attack. Both coaches started to insert usually little used players like German Florian Hartenstein (206-C-77, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Oregon) and Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86, agency: Court Side) and Herbert inserted Carl Lindbom (204-F-91). Skyliner center Marius Nolte closed out the second quarter with a lay in as The Artland Dragons had the commanding 52-34 lead at halftime. 'The Artland Dragons were more calm and concentrated. It was apparent that Frankfurt was missing Wood very much', commented beko BBL director Jan Pommer. 'Key to our success wa sour defense. It was a big pity for Frankfurt not having DaShaun Wood', commented Artland Dragons manager Marko Beens.The Artland Dragons were shooting 67% from the field and 50% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 33% from the field and 27% from the three point line. Artland had the huge 20-11 rebound advantage, but five turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners started off the third quarter all right going on a 5-2 run as Roger Powell hit a three pointer and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) a runner as they only trailed 54-39. However the deciding moment of the game arrived next as The Artland Dragons already playing as if they would never douse their flame exploded on a 18-0 run to lead 72-39 and Frankfurt fans wondering when this Dragons nightmare in Bamberg would finally end. The strongest Dragon in this seemingly endless run was Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) who notched eight points. He showed his overall zeal for basketball scoring inside in traffic and presenting his hot three pointer. Ex Bamberg American Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) and ex Telekom Baskets Bonn German extended the Dragons flame with two more three pointers. Frankfurt in this phase displayed wildness, the ability to miss wide open shots time in and time out again and get fouls as Marius Nolte had to exit with his fifth foul. Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a 5-2 run as Jimmy McKinney did all the scoring himself as The Artland Dragons led 74-44. 'The key to this run was our great defense which limited their scoring which might of limited their defensive intensity', added Dragon American Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.). The Artland Dragons were still shooting the lights out shooting 61% from the field and 53% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 27% from the field and 24% from the parking lot. Artland still had the big rebound edge 31-21 and had eight turnovers while Frankfurt had nine turnovers.

With a 30 point deficit with 10 minutes to play, the odds of coming back and winning for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners seemed about as likely as Paris Hilton going without a mirror for at least one day. With the huge lead for a cushion 2000 cup winner Stefan Koch inserted some of his German players who rarely play like Andrej Mangold (190-G-87) and Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86, agency: Court Side). They added more salt to the miserable Skyliner wound as they helped the Dragons on a 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter as Frankfurt trailed 82-46. Mangold who has nice ball handling and seems to be a Niebuhr nailed a three pointer as did Bailey. Frankfurt got some production from Mckinney with a spin move and Powell with an offensive rebound and reverse lay up. With about five minutes to go, German basketball fans saw a very rare thing as the court was occupied by 5 Artland German players. 'Sometimes we will play 5 Germans against 5 Americans in practice. It was great that they all played. They just want t prove that they can play', added Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.). 'I think that seeing 5 Germans on the court is cool for the league. I think that there are too many Americans in the league. German basketball fans want to see good basketball, but at the same time players from their country as well', warned Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary). 'I was really happy for the Germans. Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86, agency: Court Side) and Andrej Mangold (190-G-87) help so much in practice', stressed Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side). The young Germans added a bit more to the Artland total as the Dragons left Bamberg happy with a 90-56 victory. 'We were unable to come back in the second half, because we didnt run our plays like we should of and just shot too much from outside', stressed Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia).'The most important thing we gained in this win against Frankfurt is that we got everyone involved. Each player had solid minutes and got better', warned Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary).

The Artland Dragons were led by Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) with 15 points and three assists. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH) chipped in with 13 points. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) and Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) added 10 points a piece. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Roger Powell and Jimmy McKinney who both chipped in with 12 points a piece. Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) produced 10 points and seven rebounds. This was just an ugly loss for Frankfurt as they shot miserable from the field at 30% and 22% from downtown. They got hurt badly on the boards losing the rebounding 41-30 and had a 16-28 in the points disadvantage. DaShaun Wood had a long 40 basketball minutes to watch and dissect what went wrong. 'I think the only positive thing in this loss was that we were able to tie our shoes before the game. There wasnt one area of concern in our game, but four areas. We have to execute better, rebound better on the defensive end and communicate better on offense and defense', warned DaShaun Wood. Jimmy McKinney went a few steps further than Wood. 'We have to work on everything', warned Jimmy McKinney. Artland Dragon Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) showed some compassion for the Frankfurt weekend. 'Frankfurt has had a good season. I think losing two games like this will make them stronger and want to work harder in practice', said Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary). Before DaShaun Wood has his sights on Phoenix Hagen, he will be eyeing the 2011 NCAA final on Monday night between UCONN and Butler. 'Uconn will win because of Kemba Walker (185-G-90). Butler will lose two years in a row', warned DaShaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host Phoenix Hagen


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 26-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 20-7 
 3. Chemnitz 18-9 
 4. Braves 16-10 
 5. Osnabrueck 16-10 
 6. Webmoebel 14-13 
 7. Kirchheim 14-13 
 8. Crailsheim 14-13 
 9. Karlsruhe 12-15 
 10. Hannover 11-16 
 11. ETB Wohnbau 10-17 
 12. Heidelberg 10-17 
 13. Cuxhaven 10-17 
 14. Freiburg 9-18 
 15. Jena 8-19 
 16. Dragons 7-20 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios17.7 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.3 
 3. Palacio, Kavala15.9 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 5. Parker, Iraklis15.9 
 6. Kalathis, VAP K.15.1 
 7. Thompson, Ikaros14.6 
 8. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 9. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.2 
 10. Jorovic, Kavala14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.1 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.9 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.6 
 4. Smith, Panellinios8.5 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.4 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.2 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jordan, VAP K.6.1 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.8 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.9 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.8 
 9. Parker, Iraklis3.4 
 10. Sloukas, Aris3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Iraklis
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 4. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 6. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.7 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 8. Anderson, Panionios1.6 
 9. Papamakarios, Panell.1.5 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 2. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi1.6 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.0 
 6. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 8. Dozier, PAOK0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio19.1 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.7 
 3. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.16.7 
 4. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.3 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.0 
 6. Kaklamanos, Panele.15.9 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.9 
 8. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 9. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 10. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimpiada
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.8 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.5 
 3. Latovic, AGOR8.1 
 4. Kartelo, AE.7.8 
 5. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.8 
 6. Macheras, Pagrati7.8 
 7. Amato, Near East7.5 
 8. Jovanovic, KAOD7.3 
 9. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.0 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.4 
 2. Katsares, KAOD5.1 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.9 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 5. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.3 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio4.2 
 7. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada3.9 
 8. Makris, Olimpiada3.8 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.7 
 10. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.4 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada2.0 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.8 
 5. Pettas, Koroivos1.8 
 6. Nikou, Panelefs.1.5 
 7. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.5 
 8. Pappas, Near East1.4 
 9. Koumoulos, AGOR1.4 
 10. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollon Patras
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.2.0 
 2. Kartelo, AE.1.8 
 3. Kasabalis, AE.1.4 
 4. Jovanovic, KAOD1.4 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Margaritis, KAOD0.8 
 7. Psathas, Apollon .0.8 
 8. Amato, Near East0.7 
 9. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 10. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 20-1 
 2. AGOR 16-6 
 3. Lavrio 15-6 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 13-8 
 5. Arkadikos 12-9 
 6. Panelefsiniakos 12-9 
 7. Apollon Patras 11-10 
 8. Ermis Lagkada 10-11 
 9. Amyntas Dafnis 9-12 
 10. AEK/Argous 9-12 
 11. Periko/Arhelaos 9-13 
 12. Panerythraikos 8-13 
 13. Pagrati 8-13 
 14. Olimpiada 8-13 
 15. Koroivos 5-16 
 16. Near East 4-17 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 22-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 21-1 
 3. PAOK 14-9 
 4. Aris 12-11 
 5. Marousi 12-11 
 6. Kavala 11-12 
 7. VAP Kolossos 11-12 
 8. Peristeri GS 10-12 
 9. Panionios 10-13 
 10. Panellinios 9-14 
 11. Ikaros 9-14 
 12. AEK 7-15 
 13. Ilysiakos 6-17 
 14. Iraklis 5-18 


A2 Round 21: Ikaroi Serron loses to AGOR in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with few extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Rethymno. Second ranked host AGOR (16-6) defeated 4th placed Ikaroi Serron (13-8) 90-72. The game without a history. AGOR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Ikaroi Serron helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Giorgos Koukas (180-85, agency: FCM) with 12 points and 6 assists. Ikaroi Serron's coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. AGOR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-6 record having three points less than leader KAOD. Ikaroi Serron lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. AGOR are looking forward to face Pagrati (#13) in Athens in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ikaroi Serron will play at home against Arkadikos (#5) in Arkadia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A2 top team - KAOD (20-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Pagrati (8-13) in Dramas 96-82. Guard Nikos Katsares (190-83) nailed 18 points, 8 assists and 5 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Vassili Kitsoulis accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) came up with 17 points and 7 assists for Pagrati in the defeat. Pagrati's coach Dimitris Papadopoulos tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KAOD have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. Pagrati at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Olimpiada and Panerythraikos. KAOD will play against Amyntas Dafnis (#9) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked AEK/Argous (9-12) gave a tough game to third ranked Lavrio (15-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Lavrio managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Yiannis Kakiouzis who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Ivan Kartelo who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Lavrio. Newly promoted Lavrio maintains third place with 15-6 record having five points less than leader KAOD. AEK/Argous at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Amyntas Dafnis. Lavrio will meet at home Panelefsiniakos (#6) in the next round. AEK/Argous will play against Near East in Kesariani and hope to secure a win.
Amyntas Dafnis (#9) forced the game against Apollon Patras (#7) into an overtime, but lost by two points 74-76. It was a good game for Aristides Koronidis who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. Amyntas Dafnis at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Apollon Patras' next round opponent will be Periko/Arhelaos (#11) in Perikos. Amyntas Dafnis will play at home against the league's leader KAOD where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Important game to mention about took place in Lagadas. Eighth ranked Ermis Lagkada (10-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (9-13) 69-67 on Saturday evening. Alexandros Panagiotopoulos stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Periko/Arhelaos' coach Costas Sorotos let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ermis Lagkada maintains eighth place with 10-11 record. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Ermis Lagkada will face Olimpiada (#14) in Patras in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Periko/Arhelaos will play at home against Apollon Patras.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Olimpiada was destroyed by Panelefsiniakos on the opponent's court 90-65. Panerythraikos managed to outperform Near East in a home game 74-61. Koroivos recorded a loss to Arkadikos on the road 86-75.


AEK/Argous - Lavrio 70-72 OT

Tenth-ranked AEK/Argous (9-12) gave a tough game to third ranked Lavrio (15-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Lavrio managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. The best player for the winners was forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-78) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Center Kostas Paschalis (208-75) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ivan Kartelo (208-79, college: Purdue) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Lavrio. Newly promoted Lavrio maintains third place with 15-6 record having five points less than leader KAOD. AEK/Argous at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Amyntas Dafnis. Lavrio will meet at home Panelefsiniakos (#6) in the next round. AEK/Argous will play against Near East in Kesariani and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: Y.Kakiouzis 19+7reb+2ast, K.Paschalis 14+8reb, N.Psileas 13+3reb+1ast, P.Karvounis 9+2reb+3ast, M.Perrakis 9+3reb, M.Kousoulas 4+2reb+3ast
AEK/Argous: A.Gizogiannis 17+7reb, G.Kopsaftis 14+3reb+2ast, I.Kartelo 14+8reb+3ast, A.Raptis 9+7reb+1ast, D.Lewis 8+9reb+2ast, D.Papantoniou 8+3reb+6ast
gschID: 98877


Panelefsiniakos - Olimpiada 90-65

Very expected game in Eleusina where 12th ranked Olimpiada (8-13) was crushed by sixth ranked Panelefsiniakos (12-9) 90-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. Panelefsiniakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Panelefsiniakos forced 21 Olimpiada turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Olimpiada's players. Guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) stepped up and scored 7 points, 7 rebounds, 14 assists and 5 steals for the winners and guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81, agency: FCM) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Four Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Serbian forward Milos Sakota (203-84, agency: Court Side) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Panelefsiniakos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadikos. Loser Olimpiada keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face higher ranked Lavrio (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpiada will play against Ermis Lagkada (#8) in Lagadas.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: N.Kaklamanos 20+2reb+4ast, C.Deligiannis 15+1reb, P.Martzos 14+4reb+3ast, A.Sigounas 11+5reb+3ast, G.Tirlas 10, G.Trihopoulos 9+3reb+1ast
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 20+7reb+2ast, M.Sakota 15+6reb, N.Makris 13+4ast, D.Makris 6+6reb, G.Tsenebis 4+1reb, P.Simeopoulos 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 98878


AGOR - Ikaroi Serron 90-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Rethymno. Second ranked host AGOR (16-6) defeated 4th placed Ikaroi Serron (13-8) 90-72. The game without a history. AGOR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Ikaroi Serron helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Giorgos Koukas (180-85, agency: FCM) with 12 points and 6 assists and center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ikaroi Serron's coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. AGOR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-6 record having three points less than leader KAOD. Ikaroi Serron lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. AGOR are looking forward to face Pagrati (#13) in Athens in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ikaroi Serron will play at home against Arkadikos (#5) in Arkadia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AGOR: T.Charismidis 27+9reb, S.Magounis 18+2reb+2ast, D.Latovic 17+9reb+2ast, G.Koumoulos 14+3reb+5ast, A.Tsochlas 9+3reb+6ast, S.Grundberg 3+4reb+1ast
Ikaroi Serron: K.Kakaroudis 16+3reb+1ast, G.Koukas 12+3reb+6ast, S.Kaberidis 11+1reb+4ast, K.Totsios 10+2reb+5ast, M.Pavlisevic 6+2reb+1ast, E.Tevetzidis 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 98873


KAOD - Pagrati 96-82

A2 top team - KAOD (20-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Pagrati (8-13) in Dramas 96-82. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Pagrati was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot 62.3 percent from the field. KAOD outrebounded Pagrati 29-15 including 19 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Pagrati was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nikos Katsares (190-83) nailed 18 points, 8 assists and 5 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) came up with 17 points and 7 assists and guard Thodoris Vardianos (193-78) added 17 points respectively for Pagrati in the defeat. Five KAOD and four Pagrati players scored in double figures. Pagrati's coach Dimitris Papadopoulos tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KAOD have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. Pagrati at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Olimpiada and Panerythraikos. KAOD will play against Amyntas Dafnis (#9) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KAOD: V.Kitsoulis 19+5reb+3ast, N.Katsares 18+4reb+8ast, I.Vukantinov 14+1reb+4ast, L.Jovanovic 13+8reb, A.Tsamatos 13+5reb+5ast, V.Margaritis 12+5reb+1ast
Pagrati: T.Vardianos 17+3reb+1ast, F.Vasilopoulos 17+7ast, S.Tzougarakis 14+3reb, G.Dimakos 13+2reb+2ast, N.Voulgaris 9+2reb, D.Lolas 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98874


Apollon Patras - Amyntas Dafnis 76-74 OT

Amyntas Dafnis (#9) forced the game against Apollon Patras (#7) into an overtime, but lost by two points 74-76. Amyntas Dafnis was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 21-17 charge of Apollon Patras, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-9. Apollon Patras made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Amyntas Dafnis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for naturalized Cypriot guard Aristides Koronidis (188-82) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 6 assists. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) answered with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) added 16 points in the effort for Amyntas Dafnis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. Amyntas Dafnis at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Apollon Patras' next round opponent will be Periko/Arhelaos (#11) in Perikos. Amyntas Dafnis will play at home against the league's leader KAOD where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: A.Koronidis 15+2reb+6ast, G.Petropoulos 12+4reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 11+10reb, G.Lianos 10+5reb, Y.Psathas 8+3reb+2ast, S.Daniil 7+4reb
Amyntas Dafnis: P.Papargiropoulos 16+3reb, F.Pagonis 11+3reb+2ast, P.Koukounias 10+5reb, B.Samothrakis 10+3reb+2ast, C.Barbas 9+1reb, L.Zoupas 7+6reb+7ast
gschID: 98875


Ermis Lagkada - Periko/Arhelaos 69-67

Important game to mention about took place in Lagadas. Eighth ranked Ermis Lagkada (10-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (9-13) 69-67 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-67. Ermis Lagkada made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and forward Nikos Gamouras (202-86) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Kostas Behlivanis (180-74, agency: FCM) with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Ermis Lagkada and four Periko/Arhelaos players scored in double figures. Periko/Arhelaos' coach Costas Sorotos let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ermis Lagkada maintains eighth place with 10-11 record. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Ermis Lagkada will face Olimpiada (#14) in Patras in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Periko/Arhelaos will play at home against Apollon Patras.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: N.Gamouras 13+8reb, H.Plioukas 13+4reb+1ast, A.Panagiotopoulos 12+10reb+1ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 11+3reb+3ast, D.Rallis 11+3reb+5ast, S.Nisiotis 6+2reb
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Papachristos 15+7reb+2ast, K.Behlivanis 13+6reb+10ast, G.Maltesios 11+1reb, A.Sivorotka 10+1reb+1ast, U.Igbavboa 6+4reb, N.Tsouk 5+2reb
gschID: 98876


Panerythraikos - Near East 74-61

Rather predictable result in New Eritrea where fourteenth ranked Panerythraikos (8-13) defeated bottom-ranked Near East (4-17) 74-61 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Panerythraikos outrebounded Near East 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Forward Tasos Kallianotis (193-83) stepped up and scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and forward Nikos Kourtis (195-77) chipped in 16 points. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Fragiskos Amato (205-78, agency: FCM) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Panerythraikos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pagrati and Olimpiada. Near East lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Panerythraikos will face Koroivos (#15) on the road in the next round. Near East will play against AEK/Argous.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: N.Kourtis 16+3reb+1ast, A.Sizopoulos 14+2reb+1ast, T.Kallianotis 14+8reb+9ast, M.Laksa 12+5reb+2ast, N.Matzioris 8+8reb, T.Straganiotis 4+4reb+2ast
Near East: M.Stanojevic 14+1reb+3ast, F.Amato 13+11reb, F.Moschovitis 12+1reb+5ast, C.Gavanopoulos 11+4reb, N.Tsoutsos 6+4reb, A.Pappas 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 98871


Arkadikos - Koroivos 86-75

Not a big story in a game in Arkadia where 15th ranked Koroivos (5-16) was defeated by fifth ranked Arkadikos (12-9) 86-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-75. Arkadikos dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Koroivos' 30 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Arkadikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) stepped up and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Thodoris Tsiotras (198-87) chipped in 16 points. Arkadikos' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Takis Ifantis (203-80, agency: FCM) with 18 points and guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Arkadikos maintains fifth place with 12-9 record, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Koroivos lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Arkadikos will face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Koroivos will play at home against Panerythraikos (#12) in New Eritrea.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: T.Tsiotras 16+2reb+3ast, M.Papadakis 14+6reb+5ast, G.Lamprakos 13+4reb+2ast, S.Gizogiannis 12+2reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 9+4reb+1ast, V.Giannoulakos 7+2reb+1ast
Koroivos: T.Ifantis 18+4reb+3ast, N.Pettas 16+9reb, M.Matalon 15+1reb+4ast, P.Kosanovic 15+3reb+1ast, T.Dimitriadis 6+3reb+1ast, V.Xiouras 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98872




A1 Round 23: Leader Olympiakos gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in A1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Undefeated leader Olympiakos delivered the twentieth second consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked VAP Kolossos (11-12) 93-63 in Athens. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of VAP Kolossos. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to VAP Kolossos' 36. Olympiakos forced 23 VAP Kolossos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by VAP Kolossos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). International center Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-84) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Olympiakos (22-0) have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 22 victories in a row. VAP Kolossos at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Kavala. Olympiakos are looking forward to face Kavala (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. VAP Kolossos will play against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Kalitheas, where higher ranked Kavala (11-12) lost to eleventh ranked Ikaros (9-14) in a road game 67-75. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Giannis Kalambokis contributed with 12 points for the winners. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 23 points for Kavala. Ikaros moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Panellinios. Kavala at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with VAP Kolossos. Ikaros will play against league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play at home against the league's leader Olympiakos (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Athens, where 8th ranked Peristeri GS (10-12) lost to eleventh ranked Panellinios (9-14) in a road game 65-75 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Joseph Krabbenhoft who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Panellinios' coach Thanasis Skourthopoulos used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Dimitris Papanikolaou responded with 19 points. Panellinios moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ikaros. Loser Peristeri GS keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena .
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#2) and Panionios (#9). Panionios was defeated at home 61-75 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was an exceptional evening for Romain Sato who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. Defending champion maintains second place with 21-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Panionios lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be VAP Kolossos (#7) in Rodou which should be theoretically an easy game. Panionios will play on the road against Iraklis in Thessaloniki.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ilysiakos was defeated by PAOK in Thessaloniki 66-52. AEK beat Iraklis at home 81-74. Aris won against Marousi on the opponent's court 82-71.


PAOK - Ilysiakos 66-52

There was no surprise in Thessaloniki where 13th ranked Ilysiakos (6-17) was defeated by third ranked PAOK (14-9) 66-52. The game was mostly controlled by PAOK. Ilysiakos was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. Bosnian-Serbian forward Miroslav Todic (206-85) came up with 12 points and guard Athanasios Karydas (182-79) added 9 points respectively for Ilysiakos in the defeat. Ilysiakos' coach Kostas Flevarakis rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for PAOK. They maintain third place with 14-9 record having seven points less than leader Olympiakos. Ilysiakos lost their third game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. PAOK's next round opponent will be Peristeri GS (#8) in Athens which should be theoretically an easy game. Ilysiakos will play at home against Marousi (#5).
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: M.Todic 12+4reb, A.Karydas 9+3reb+3ast, L.Kaselakis 8+4reb, A.Kiritsis 7+3reb+2ast, N.Chatzis 7+2reb, M.Dawson 5+7reb
PAOK: R.Dozier 21+7reb+2ast, R.Marshall 19+4reb+1ast, 10+4reb+2ast, G.Apostolidis 7+6reb+7ast, T.Gechevski 6+10reb+4ast, G.Dedas 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 103877


Panionios - Panathinaikos 61-75

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#2) and Panionios (#9). Panionios was defeated at home 61-75 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It looked good early as Panionios took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Panathinaikos had a 21-13 second period charge getting the lead and Panionios was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-75. It was an exceptional evening for Central African swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Kostas Tsartsaris (210-79) accounted for 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) came up with 16 points and power forward Giorgos Tsiaras (207-82) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Panionios in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. Defending champion maintains second place with 21-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Panionios lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be VAP Kolossos (#7) in Rodou which should be theoretically an easy game. Panionios will play on the road against Iraklis in Thessaloniki.
Top scorers:
Panionios: J.Anderson 16+2ast, S.Ioannou 10+5reb+2ast, G.Tsiaras 9+5reb+3ast, R.Covile 8+3reb+1ast, M.Paragios 7+2reb, N.Barlos 4+3reb+2ast
Panathinaikos: R.Sato 16+6reb+1ast, I.Vougioukas 10+5reb, K.Tsartsaris 9+5reb+1ast, S.Perperoglou 8+3reb+3ast, A.Fotsis 7+2reb, N.Calathes 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 103871


AEK - Iraklis 81-74

No shocking result in a game in Athens where twelfth ranked AEK (7-15) defeated bottom-ranked Iraklis (5-18) 81-74. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 29-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. AEK outrebounded Iraklis 35-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Four AEK players scored in double figures. American guard Jerome Coleman (185-81, college: Rutgers) came up with 24 points and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Iraklis in the defeat. AEK maintains twelfth place with 7-15 record. Iraklis lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. AEK's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aris (#4) in Thessaloniki and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Iraklis will play at home against Panionios (#9) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: J.Coleman 24+4reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 18+5reb+2ast, S.Parker 9+1reb+5ast, V.Angelakopoulos 8+5reb+1ast, G.Demertzis 6+1reb+2ast, D.Despos 5+3reb+2ast
AEK: D.Dikoudis 18+13reb+1ast, P.Nikolaidis 18+4reb+2ast, V.Mandic 14+1reb+3ast, J.Hart 13+3reb+4ast, P.Dorkofikis 8+8reb, T.Castle 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 103872


Marousi - Aris 71-82

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Marousi (12-11) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Aris (12-11) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Aris. Marousi was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Aris forced 19 Marousi turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Marousi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. American swingman Edward Basden (196-83, college: Charlotte, agency: EM-PA) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Marousi in the defeat. Five Aris and four Marousi players scored in double figures. Aris moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Marousi. Aris' next round opponent will be AEK (#12) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Marousi will play on the road against Ilysiakos (#13) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Marousi: Y.Gagaloudis 13+2ast, D.Haritopoulos 12+1reb, E.Basden 11+8reb+2ast, D.Clemente 10+1ast, L.Akepsemaidis 9, F.Kojadinovic 7+1ast
Aris: K.Charalampidis 18+3reb+2ast, E.Bavcic 18+7reb, B.Brown 14+4reb+3ast, M.Tsairelis 11+4reb, K.Sloukas 11+5reb+4ast, J.Thomas 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 103873


Ikaros - Kavala 75-67

We should mention about the upset which took place in Kalitheas, where higher ranked Kavala (11-12) lost to eleventh ranked Ikaros (9-14) in a road game 67-75. Kavala was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 40-22 second half run of Ikaros. It was a great shooting night for Ikaros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Giannis Kalambokis (195-78, agency: FCM) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 23 points and American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kavala. Ikaros moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Panellinios. Kavala at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with VAP Kolossos. Ikaros will play against league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play at home against the league's leader Olympiakos (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kavala: B.Jorovic 23+4reb+1ast, 15+2reb+2ast, C.Simmons 10+10reb, M.Palacio 8+3reb+1ast, C.Kostov 5+1reb, N.Angelopoulos 4+6reb
Ikaros: D.Thompson 19+10reb+2ast, L.Harris 13+2reb+2ast, G.Kalambokis 12+4reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 8+5reb+2ast, B.Krasic 6, L.Agadakos 4
gschID: 103874


Olympiakos - VAP Kolossos 93-63

Undefeated leader Olympiakos delivered the twentieth second consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked VAP Kolossos (11-12) 93-63 in Athens. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of VAP Kolossos. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to VAP Kolossos' 36. Olympiakos forced 23 VAP Kolossos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by VAP Kolossos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). International center Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-84) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Olympiakos players scored in double figures. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Angelos Tsamis (192-81) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiakos (22-0) have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 22 victories in a row. VAP Kolossos at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Kavala. Olympiakos are looking forward to face Kavala (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. VAP Kolossos will play against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 16+6reb+2ast, S.Manolopoulos 12+1reb, A.Tsamis 10+3reb+4ast, J.Jordan 7+9ast, S.Panos 6+5reb, A.Asimakopoulos 4+4reb+1ast
Olympiakos: I.Bourousis 20+7reb, M.Nielsen 17+3reb+1ast, L.Mavrokefalides 15+7reb+1ast, Z.Erceg 12+2reb+2ast, M.Teodosic 11+6ast, Y.Halperin 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 103875


Panellinios - Peristeri GS 75-65

An interesting game took place in Athens, where 8th ranked Peristeri GS (10-12) lost to eleventh ranked Panellinios (9-14) in a road game 65-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-65. Panellinios made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Panellinios outrebounded Peristeri GS 37-18 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American swingman Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: N.E.T.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Panellinios players scored in double figures. Panellinios' coach Thanasis Skourthopoulos used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Dimitris Papanikolaou (202-77) responded with 19 points and guard Evangelos Mantzaris (190-90) scored 19 points. Panellinios moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ikaros. Loser Peristeri GS keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena .
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: D.Papanikolaou 19+3reb+3ast, E.Mantzaris 19+3reb, E.Scott 11+4reb, Z.Vrkic 6+1reb+3ast, J.Mocnik 6+3ast, K.Looby 2+6reb
Panellinios: S.Smith 15+7reb+2ast, E.Papamakarios 14+4reb, M.Bailey 13+1reb+2ast, J.Krabbenhoft 12+13reb+3ast, D.Ostojic 9+6reb+1ast, V.Xanthopoulos 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 103876




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  GUATEMALA   


Costa Rica wins second game Guatemala eliminated. - by Gianni Pascucci
Team Costa Rica clearly defeated, 66-46 yesterday night Guatemala, advancing to the second phase of COCABA Championship together to El Salvador. Guatemala NT was dominated till the first minutes of the game, abnd the first half ended 35-18 for the home team. The best performers were Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75), with 15 points, Gabriel Quesada (198-C-85), with 12 in Costa Rica, Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management) with 14, and Edwin Rodriguez (198-F/C-88) with 12 in Guatemala.
Both Costa Rica and El Salvador advance to 'Phase 2' of the competition, when will meet Nicaragua and Honduras. Instead, Guatemala cames back home with two heavy losses, and has to wait till 2013 for a redemption


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  HOLLAND   


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.3 
 2. Blue, Giants16.3 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.6 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants15.2 
 5. Laing, Magixx15.1 
 6. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.9 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.7 
 8. Tiedeman, Giants14.6 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Borha, Landstede14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.5 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.0 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.5 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.7 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.6 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.4 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.0 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert7.9 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.2 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.0 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra3.6 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.4 
 8. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.3 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.4 
 2. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert2.2 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.2 
 5. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 6. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 7. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden2.0 
 10. McDermott, Magixx2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 6. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 8. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 9. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 10. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 


DBL Round 33: BS Weert beats higher ranked Magixx - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in DBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The game with biggest difference of round 33 was guest BS Weert's (15-18) road victory over 4th placed Magixx (21-12) 80-74 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Magixx. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 46-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BS Weert made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. BS Weert outrebounded Magixx 46-31 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. American power forward Donte Minter (203-84, college: Virginia) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Geoff McDermott (203-87, college: Providence, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds. BS Weert moved-up to fifth place, which they share with DeFriesland and Giants. Magixx at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. BS Weert is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Magixx will play against Eiffel Towers (#3) in Den Bosch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader GasTerra delivered the twentieth eighth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked ABC (11-22) 83-41 in Groningen. It was a good game for American center Matt Haryasz (210-84, college: Stanford) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Steve Ross contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with 7 points and 10 rebounds for ABC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-5 record. ABC lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. GasTerra will play against Landstede (#9) in Zwolle in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ABC will play at home against Giants in Bergen op Zoom and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Bergen op Zoom supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Eiffel Towers (23-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Giants (15-18). Eiffel Towers smashed Giants 82-61 on Saturday. Stefan Wessels stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Tyler Tiedeman with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Eiffel Towers maintains third place with 23-10 record having five points less than leader GasTerra. Loser Giants keep the fifth position with 18 games lost. They share it with BS Weert and DeFriesland. Eiffel Towers will meet at home Magixx (#4) in the next round. Giants will play against ABC in Amsterdam and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Leeuwarden. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked DeFriesland (15-18) to ninth ranked Landstede (9-24) 66-65 on Saturday evening. Matthew Mullery nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Landstede maintains ninth place with 9-24 record. DeFriesland at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 18 games lost. Landstede's next round opponent will be league's leader GasTerra in Groningen and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. DeFriesland will play on the road against the league's second-placed ZZ Leiden (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Leiden. Local ZZ Leiden (27-6) outscored 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-32) 102-41 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Monta McGhee who scored 30 points and 8 rebounds. ZZ Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ZZ Leiden have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 27-6 record behind leader GasTerra. Rotterdam lost nineteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 32 lost games. ZZ Leiden will face DeFriesland (#7) in Leeuwarden in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Rotterdam will play at home against BS Weert.



Giants - Eiffel Towers 61-82

The game in Bergen op Zoom supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Eiffel Towers (23-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Giants (15-18). Eiffel Towers smashed Giants 82-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Eiffel Towers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International forward Stefan Wessels (203-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points and 12 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) with 21 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Eiffel Towers maintains third place with 23-10 record having five points less than leader GasTerra. Loser Giants keep the fifth position with 18 games lost. They share it with BS Weert and DeFriesland. Eiffel Towers will meet at home Magixx (#4) in the next round. Giants will play against ABC in Amsterdam and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Eiffel Towers: S.Wessels 27+6reb+2ast, F.Turner 11+2reb+12ast, K.Akerboom 11+4reb, C.Jackson 10+9reb, M.Aarts 8+1reb+1ast, D.Steenvoorde 8+6reb+2ast
Giants: T.Tiedeman 21+6reb+2ast, T.Blue 16+11reb+1ast, J.Kimbrough 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Tiedeman 5+4reb+2ast, T.Theeuwkens 4, M.Hak 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 107205


GasTerra - ABC 83-41

Leader GasTerra delivered the twentieth eighth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked ABC (11-22) 83-41 in Groningen. The game without a history. GasTerra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ABC to just 6 points in first quarter. GasTerra held ABC to an opponent 22.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded ABC 54-35 including 17 on the offensive glass. GasTerra players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by ABC's players. It was a good game for American center Matt Haryasz (210-84, college: Stanford) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Canadian swingman Steve Ross (201-80, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five GasTerra players scored in double figures. Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with 7 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) added 13 points in the effort for ABC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-5 record. ABC lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. GasTerra will play against Landstede (#9) in Zwolle in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ABC will play at home against Giants in Bergen op Zoom and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
GasTerra: M.Haryasz 21+12reb+1ast, S.Ross 15+9reb, J.Turek 12+8reb+2ast, M.Bauscher 12+4reb+5ast, R.Bostain 10+5reb+4ast, J.Ellis 7+5reb+2ast
ABC: J.Voorn 13+2reb+1ast, S.de Randamie 7+10reb+1ast, H.Kherrazi 7+6reb+1ast, R.de Pagter 5+7reb, D.Van Der Horst 5+4reb+1ast, J.Roodheuvel 2+4reb
gschID: 107201


DeFriesland - Landstede 65-66

A very interesting game took place in Leeuwarden. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked DeFriesland (15-18) to ninth ranked Landstede (9-24) 66-65 on Saturday evening. DeFriesland was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American forward Matthew Mullery (203-87, college: Brown, agency: Stanley International) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Nate Rohnert (196-87, college: Denver) accounted for 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Calvin Chitwood (203-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for DeFriesland in the defeat. Landstede maintains ninth place with 9-24 record. DeFriesland at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 18 games lost. Landstede's next round opponent will be league's leader GasTerra in Groningen and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. DeFriesland will play on the road against the league's second-placed ZZ Leiden (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Landstede: M.Mullery 20+10reb+3ast, L.Borha 14+2reb+2ast, N.Rohnert 13+7reb+6ast, R.Van der Kamp 9+4reb+4ast, A.Bunnig 7+4reb, A.Sa 3+1ast
DeFriesland: M.Sanchez 15+6reb+2ast, T.Brown 11+2reb+1ast, C.Chitwood 9+8reb+2ast, G.Punch 8+4reb+2ast, M.Adako 8+3reb+3ast, J.Williams 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 107202


ZZ Leiden - Rotterdam 102-41

The game with biggest result difference took place in Leiden. Local ZZ Leiden (27-6) outscored 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-32) 102-41 on Saturday night. ZZ Leiden dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Rotterdam's 28. ZZ Leiden forced 25 Rotterdam turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ZZ Leiden made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) who scored 30 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Jesse Smith (211-82, college: Idaho St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four ZZ Leiden players scored in double figures. ZZ Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 20 rebounds and the former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82) added 9 points respectively. ZZ Leiden have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 27-6 record behind leader GasTerra. Rotterdam lost nineteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 32 lost games. ZZ Leiden will face DeFriesland (#7) in Leeuwarden in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Rotterdam will play at home against BS Weert.
Top scorers:
ZZ Leiden: M.McGhee 30+8reb+2ast, J.Smith 15+10reb, R.Bekkering 15+3reb+1ast, S.Boxley 12+8reb+4ast, T.Sas 11+1reb, W.de Jong 9+7reb+6ast
Rotterdam: R.Sihota 10+20reb+2ast, J.Ormskerk 9+1reb+1ast, D.Jones 6+4reb, J.de Baat 5+4reb, S.Mladenovic 4+2reb+4ast, S.Mladenovic 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 107203


Magixx - BS Weert 74-80

The game with biggest difference of round 33 was guest BS Weert's (15-18) road victory over 4th placed Magixx (21-12) 80-74 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Magixx. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 46-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BS Weert made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. BS Weert outrebounded Magixx 46-31 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. American power forward Donte Minter (203-84, college: Virginia) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Five BS Weert players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Geoff McDermott (203-87, college: Providence, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively. BS Weert moved-up to fifth place, which they share with DeFriesland and Giants. Magixx at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. BS Weert is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Magixx will play against Eiffel Towers (#3) in Den Bosch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BS Weert: D.Minter 19+8reb+1ast, J.Hairston 16+8reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 14+14reb+3ast, G.Stokes 12+6reb+4ast, L.Hamm 10+3reb+1ast, S.Besseling 6+2reb+1ast
Magixx: G.McDermott 15+8reb+2ast, Z.Taylor 14+4reb+5ast, M.Humphrey 12+9reb+3ast, C.Kieran 10, E.Bish 9+1reb+2ast, T.Vermeulen 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 107204




Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 28-5 
 2. ZZ Leiden 27-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 23-10 
 4. Magixx 21-12 
 5. Giants 15-18 
 6. BS Weert 15-18 
 7. DeFriesland 15-18 
 8. ABC 11-22 
 9. Landstede 9-24 
 10. Rotterdam 1-32 


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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 22-4 
 2. Albacomp 22-4 
 3. Atomeromu 19-7 
 4. Kormend 17-9 
 5. Kecskemeti 16-10 
 6. ZTE KK 14-12 
 7. Falco-Szova 14-12 
 8. PVSK Pannon 14-12 
 9. Soproni 11-15 
 10. Marso-Vagep 11-15 
 11. Kaposvari 10-16 
 12. Szedeak 9-17 
 13. FS Debrecen 2-24 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-25 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Doyne, Falco-Szova23.3 
 2. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.1 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.6 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu10.9 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.7 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.9 
 6. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 7. Bell, Kormend8.5 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.3 
 10. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.9 
 6. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.8 
 7. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 10. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 7. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Singletary, FS Debre.2.3 
 10. Kaman, ZTE K.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 6. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 7. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.8 
 8. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 9. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 10. Davis, Kormend0.8 


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  ISRAEL   


The Israeli 2nd league All-Star game recap - by Netanel Dahan
For the 1st time in the Israeli 2nd league basketball, the Israeli Basketball organization collaborating with Safsal website managed to produced an All-Star game for the Israeli 2nd league.

The main game itself was one-sided as the North team beated the South team 121-95.
Top Scorers:

North: Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Wichita St.) (MVP) 27 pts+ 10 boards, Tal Dunne (197-F-87) 18 pts (9/12 from the field).

South: Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: St.Thomas) 34 pts+13 rebounds, Brian Asbury (200-F-86, college: Miami, FL) 15 pts.

At the 3 point shoot contest won Beeri player Stacey Moragne (195-F-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) after making 18 shoots out of 30, he faced Noam Matalon (197-G-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) in the finals (also made 18 in the first round but in the finals made only 14). Itay Levi's (played this season in Beer Ya'akov and passed away during his team practice) family gave the trophy to Stacy.

And at the Slam Dunk contest won our own blogger for Eurobasket.com Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson), after he won the young player Ben Sharoni in the finals.

Safsal website picked Hapoel Tel Aviv's player Brian Asbury as the player of the year.




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  ITALY   


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 20-2 
 2. Bennet Cantu 18-6 
 3. Armani MI 17-6 
 4. Air AV 12-12 
 5. Cimberio VA 12-12 
 6. Benetton TV 12-12 
 7. CS Bologna 12-12 
 8. Lottomatica 11-13 
 9. Pepsi Caserta 11-13 
 10. Dinamo Sassari 11-13 
 11. Scavolini PS 11-13 
 12. Vanoli CR 10-14 
 13. Fabi Shoes 10-14 
 14. Angelico BI 9-15 
 15. Enel Brindisi 7-16 
 16. Banca Tercas 7-17 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.2 
 2. Thomas, Air AV18.3 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.3 
 4. Roberson, Enel B.15.8 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.15.8 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
 8. Diawara, Enel B.14.8 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.8 
 10. Goss, Cimberio VA14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.5 
 2. Davis, Banca Tercas8.4 
 3. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 4. Jones, Pepsi C.8.3 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi8.1 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.1 
 7. Homan, CS Bologna8.0 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.5 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.2 
 10. Sekulic, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Green, Air AV6.7 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.7 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.4.0 
 5. Goss, Cimberio VA3.9 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.7 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.7 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.4 
 10. Rannikko, Cimberio.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.1 
 2. Thomas, Air AV2.8 
 3. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 4. Green, Air AV2.7 
 5. Stonerook, Montepas.2.5 
 6. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA2.5 
 8. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 9. Ortner, Bennet C.2.5 
 10. White, Dinamo Sassari2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.2 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.4 
 3. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.3 
 4. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.2 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 6. Polonara, Banca T.1.0 
 7. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 8. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 9. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 10. Smith, Lottomatica0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.0 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona21.5 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.1 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.20.0 
 5. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 6. Goldwire, Forli19.3 
 7. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 8. Clark, Umana Reyer19.0 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT18.5 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Limoges
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Filloy, Immobili.9.1 
 3. Dickens, San Severo8.9 
 4. Varnado, Tuscany PT8.9 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.2 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.0 
 7. Lollis, Immobili.7.9 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Crispin, Barcellona4.9 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .4.8 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.7 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.9 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.8 
 6. Marigney, Assigeco3.7 
 7. Hickman, Fastw.3.7 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.6 
 9. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 10. Forte, Tuscany PT3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dawan ROBINSON
  Trenkwalder
  (189-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Robinson, Trenkwal.3.0 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Roderick, Immobi.2.9 
 4. Piazza, Immobili.2.6 
 5. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 6. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 7. Achara, Barcellona2.4 
 8. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 9. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
 10. Piazza, Forli2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.2 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 
 8. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Umana Reyer 19-7 
 2. Fastweb CM 18-8 
 3. Sunrise Scafati 17-9 
 4. Snaidero UD 17-9 
 5. Barcellona 17-9 
 6. Immobiliare SR 16-10 
 7. Prima Veroli 15-11 
 8. Fileni BPA 13-13 
 9. Aget Imola 12-14 
 10. Tuscany PT 12-14 
 11. N.Ferrara 11-15 
 12. Tezenis Verona 9-17 
 13. Assigeco 9-17 
 14. Trenkwalder 9-17 
 15. Forli 8-18 
 16. San Severo 6-20 


Lega2 Round 26: Fastweb CM loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the Lega2 leadership position after last games. Round 26 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Fastweb CM (18-8). They were defeated by fourteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (9-17) 76-65 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fastweb CM. Fastweb CM was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Fastweb CM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) responded with 16 points. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Assigeco and Tezenis Verona. Fastweb CM at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Umana Reyer. Fastweb CM will play next round against strong Snaidero Udine trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Trenkwalder RE will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Umana Venezia on the road.
Lega2 top team - Umana Venezia (19-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Assigeco BPL (9-17) in Lodi 78-54. Naturalized French center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, college: Tampa, agency: Interperformances) notched 17 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) to lead the effort and Alvin Young supported him with 17 points. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals by American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) did not help to save the game for Assigeco BPL. Umana Venezia maintains first position with 19-7 record. Assigeco BPL at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Trenkwalder and Tezenis Verona. Umana Venezia will play against Trenkwalder RE (#14) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Assigeco BPL will play on the road against Immobiliare SR in Rimini and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Scafati was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Immobiliare SR (16-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Sunrise Scafati (17-9). Sunrise Scafati managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Mats Levin who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Dusan Vukcevic produced 21 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Sunrise Scafati moved-up to third place, which they share with Barcellona and Snaidero UD. Loser Immobiliare SR dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Sunrise Scafati will meet Sigma Barcellona (#5) on the road in the next round. Immobiliare SR will play against Assigeco BPL in Lodi and hope to secure a win.
Sixteenth-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-20) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Prima Veroli (15-11). The visitors from Veroli managed to secure only one-point victory 60-59. However their fans expected much easier game. Jarrius Jackson saved the victory by scoring 15 points. Prima Veroli maintains seventh position with 15-11 record. Mazzeo San Severo lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) at home. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Tezenis Verona (#12).
Important game to mention about took place in Ferrara. Eleventh ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (11-15) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Tuscany Pistoia (12-14) 82-79 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. Jermaine Boyette scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners. Naturhouse Ferrara maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record. Loser Tuscany Pistoia dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara will face higher ranked Prima Veroli (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Barcellona destroyed Tezenis Verona on the opponent's court 86-64. Fileni BPA unfortunately lost to Forli in a home game 82-90. Aget Imola recorded a loss to Snaidero UD on the road 71-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 4 assists by Joseph Forte of Tuscany PT.



Assigeco - Umana Reyer 54-78

Lega2 top team - Umana Venezia (19-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Assigeco BPL (9-17) in Lodi 78-54. The game without a history. Umana Venezia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Assigeco BPL to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Naturalized French center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, college: Tampa, agency: Interperformances) notched 17 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) to lead the effort and American guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) supported him with 17 points. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals by American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) did not help to save the game for Assigeco BPL. His fellow American import forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Umana Venezia maintains first position with 19-7 record. Assigeco BPL at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Trenkwalder and Tezenis Verona. Umana Venezia will play against Trenkwalder RE (#14) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Assigeco BPL will play on the road against Immobiliare SR in Rimini and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: A.Young 17+2reb+1ast, S.Bryan 17+6reb, T.Slay 14+1reb+1ast, K.Clark 9+3reb+4ast, G.Meini 8+2reb+2ast, A.Causin 4+1reb
Assigeco: P.Marigney 16+9reb+5ast, R.Boykin 8+7reb, P.Ezugwu 8+3reb, M.Bertolazzi 7+3reb+4ast, M.Venuto 7+4reb+1ast, B.Cerella 6+3reb
gschID: 95984


Tezenis Verona - Barcellona 64-86

Very expected game when 13th ranked Tezenis Verona (9-17) was crushed at home by sixth ranked Sigma Barcellona (17-9) 86-64 on Sunday. The game without a history. Sigma Barcellona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sigma Barcellona outrebounded Tezenis Verona 44-25 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Ryan Bucci (192-81, college: C.W. Post) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St.) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. International power forward Andrea Renzi (208-89, agency: Players Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) scored 20 points. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to third place, which they share with Sunrise Scafati and Snaidero UD. Tezenis Verona at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Sunrise Scafati (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tezenis Verona will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#16).
Top scorers:
Barcellona: R.Bucci 20+5reb+2ast, J.Crispin 18+3reb+3ast, M.Hicks 15+6reb, K.Achara 14+8reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 8+2reb, A.Ghiacci 5+10reb+5ast
Tezenis Verona: A.Renzi 21+11reb, A.Porta 20+4reb+2ast, J.Trepagnier 11+1reb, M.Jurevicus 4+4reb+3ast, F.Bellina 3+3reb+1ast, M.Taylor 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 95985


Fileni BPA - Forli 82-90

There was a surprise result in Jesi where fifteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (8-18) defeated higher ranked Fileni BPA (13-13) 90-82 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. MarcoPoloShop.it made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. MarcoPoloShop.it outrebounded Fileni BPA 37-22 including 28 on the defensive glass. Power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-84, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) scored 22 points. Four Fileni BPA players scored in double figures. Newly promoted MarcoPoloShop.it maintains fifteenth position with 8-18 record. Loser Fileni BPA keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. MarcoPoloShop.it will face higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (#10) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Forli: M.Poletti 20+8reb, M.Nardi 19+2reb+1ast, L.Goldwire 19+3reb+2ast, L.Campani 9+8reb, B.Jones 8+10reb, S.Huff 7+2reb
Fileni BPA: B.Elder 22+2reb, M.Maggioli 19+9reb+1ast, F.Migliori 17+3reb, M.Rossi 13+2reb+1ast, M.Tusek 7+4reb+1ast, M.Nocedal 4+1reb
gschID: 95986


N.Ferrara - Tuscany PT 82-79

Important game to mention about took place in Ferrara. Eleventh ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (11-15) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Tuscany Pistoia (12-14) 82-79 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But Tuscany Pistoia won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturhouse Ferrara made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Tuscany Pistoia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and American-Belgian guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. American guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) responded with 30 points and 4 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and his fellow American import forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Naturhouse Ferrara maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record. Loser Tuscany Pistoia dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara will face higher ranked Prima Veroli (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
N.Ferrara: J.Boyette 25+3reb, R.Hoover 15+6reb+2ast, D.Cournooh 12+1ast, K.Ndoja 12+6reb, M.Canavesi 10+9reb+2ast, H.Gamal 4+1reb
Tuscany PT: J.Forte 30+1reb+4ast, J.Varnado 16+14reb, A.Filloy 11+2reb+1ast, J.Porzingis 9+2reb+1ast, S.Berti 5+2reb, G.Fucka 4+7reb
gschID: 95981


Sunrise Scafati - Immobiliare SR 79-73

The game in Scafati was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Immobiliare SR (16-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Sunrise Scafati (17-9). Sunrise Scafati managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-73. The best player for the winners was Swedish guard Mats Levin (188-77) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Sunrise Scafati players scored in double figures. Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and American swingman Terrence Roderick (195-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Sunrise Scafati moved-up to third place, which they share with Barcellona and Snaidero UD. Loser Immobiliare SR dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Sunrise Scafati will meet Sigma Barcellona (#5) on the road in the next round. Immobiliare SR will play against Assigeco BPL in Lodi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sunrise Scafati: M.Levin 21+5reb+3ast, P.Baldassarre 17+5reb, J.Hunter 12+1reb+6ast, R.Davis 11+6reb, F.Amoni 6+1reb+2ast, N.Radulovic 6+8reb+3ast
Immobiliare SR: D.Vukcevic 21+6reb+3ast, T.Roderick 17+10reb+1ast, Q.Lollis 9+5reb+2ast, D.Filloy 8+5reb, F.Foiera 6+2reb, A.Piazza 6+2ast
gschID: 95982


Snaidero UD - Aget Imola 78-71

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Aget Imola (12-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Snaidero Udine (17-9) 78-71 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Snaidero Udine made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Snaidero Udine outrebounded Aget Imola 36-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. Clint Cotis Harrison scored 24 points and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Snaidero Udine players scored in double figures. The former international forward Davide Bruttini (203-87) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) scored 19 points. Snaidero Udine moved-up to third place, which they share with Sunrise Scafati and Barcellona. Loser Aget Imola keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Snaidero Udine will face league's second-placed Fastweb CM in Casale in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aget Imola will play at home against Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaidero UD: CC Harrison 24+4reb+2ast, G.Lee 19+8reb+3ast, J.Williams 12+6reb+2ast, D.Mathis 10+4reb+4ast, L.Dordei 7+8reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 6+5reb
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 19+2reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 18+8reb, F.Masoni 13+3ast, P.Prato 8+3reb, Y.Moreno 5+1reb+2ast, K.Ongenaet 5+2reb
gschID: 95983


San Severo - Prima Veroli 59-60

Sixteenth-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-20) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Prima Veroli (15-11). The visitors from Veroli managed to secure only one-point victory 60-59. However their fans expected much easier game. Mazzeo San Severo was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 17-8 charge of Prima Veroli, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) saved the victory by scoring 15 points. The former international guard Guido Rosselli (196-83) contributed with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Luca Ianes (202-80) added 9 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) in the effort for Mazzeo San Severo. Prima Veroli maintains seventh position with 15-11 record. Mazzeo San Severo lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) at home. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Tezenis Verona (#12).
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 15+2reb+1ast, J.Penn 10+3reb+2ast, D.Brkic 9+4reb, A.Kavaliauskas 8+4reb, G.Rosselli 7+5reb+4ast, I.Gatto 7+4reb+2ast
San Severo: K.Dickens 18+11reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 13+2reb, L.Ianes 9+10reb, R.Childress 8+7ast, R.Stefanov 7+1reb, P.Chiarello 4+3reb
gschID: 95979


Trenkwalder - Fastweb CM 76-65

There was a change at the Lega2 leadership position after last games. Round 26 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Fastweb CM (18-8). They were defeated by fourteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (9-17) 76-65 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fastweb CM. Fastweb CM was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Fastweb CM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) responded with 16 points and the former international guard Matteo Malaventura (196-78) scored 16 points. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Assigeco and Tezenis Verona. Fastweb CM at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Umana Reyer. Fastweb CM will play next round against strong Snaidero Udine trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Trenkwalder RE will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Umana Venezia on the road.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: T.Bell 17+5reb+1ast, D.Robinson 16+8reb+2ast, R.Chiacig 13+6reb, R.Valenti 13+5reb+1ast, D.Slanina 7+1reb+1ast, M.Frassineti 6+2reb+1ast
Fastweb CM: R.Hickman 16+3reb+3ast, M.Malaventura 16+2ast, G.Ferrero 11+3reb, D.Chiotti 7+10reb, T.Fantoni 7+2reb, S.Pierich 5+2reb
gschID: 95980




SerieA Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The game in Varese was quite interesting. 6th ranked Pepsi Caserta (11-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Cimberio Varese (12-12). Cimberio Varese defeated Pepsi Caserta 92-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. Pepsi Caserta managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cimberio Varese made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Pepsi Caserta's players. It was a good game for Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (202-82) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) replied with 16 points for Pepsi Caserta. Cimberio Varese have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Pepsi Caserta at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cimberio Varese is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pepsi Caserta will play at home against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Avellino was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Armani Milano (17-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Air Avellino (12-12). Armani Milano managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, agency: 540 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 steals and Stefano Mancinelli who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Armani Milano's coach Dan Peterson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. Armani Milano maintains third position with 17-6 record having just two points less than leader Montepaschi. Air Avellino at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Armani Milano will play against CS Bologna (#7) at home in the next round. Air Avellino will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Biella between Benetton Treviso and Angelico Biella. Eighth ranked Benetton Treviso (12-12) got a very close victory on the road over 14th ranked Angelico Biella (9-15). Benetton Treviso managed to escape with a 2-point win 79-77 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The winners were led by Alessandro Gentile who scored that evening 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by Jeffrey Viggiano did not help to save the game for Angelico Biella. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Benetton Treviso have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Angelico Biella keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Benetton Treviso will meet at home Dinamo Sassari (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Angelico Biella will play against Lottomatica Roma (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between CS Bologna (12-12) and Dinamo Sassari (11-13), which took place in Bologna. Higher ranked CS Bologna lost at home to eleventh ranked Dinamo Sassari 81-87. The best player for the winners was Travis Diener who scored 23 points and 7 assists. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. CS Bologna lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Dinamo Sassari's next round opponent will be higher ranked Benetton Treviso (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CS Bologna will play against Armani Milano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between twelfth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (11-13) and 10th ranked Vanoli-Braga (10-14) in Pesaro on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Scavolini Pesaro outscored guests from Cremona 82-59. It was a good game for Andre Collins who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 4 assists. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vanoli-Braga will play against Air Avellino (#4).

In the last two games of round 24 Banca Tercas was beaten by Lottomatica on the road 76-60. Bennet Cantu won against Fabi Shoes on its own court 67-56.



Lottomatica - Banca Tercas 76-60

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (11-13) beat at home bottom-ranked Banca Tercas (7-17) 76-60 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-60. Lottomatica Roma dominated on the defensive end, holding Banca Tercas to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a good game for Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) replied with 20 points and American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Banca Tercas. Banca Tercas' coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Banca Tercas dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face Angelico Biella (#14) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Banca Tercas will play against Cimberio Varese.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: L.Datome 16+3reb+1ast, V.Dasic 15+9reb+2ast, A.Traore 14+5reb+1ast, N.Gordic 12+1reb+2ast, A.Gigli 7+4reb, C.Smith 5+3reb+1ast
Banca Tercas: I.Zoroski 20+3reb+1ast, R.De La Fuente 11+1reb+1ast, K.Fletcher 9+6reb, D.Diener 9+10reb+2ast, J.Davis 7+5reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 96214


Scavolini PS - Vanoli CR 82-59

The game between twelfth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (11-13) and 10th ranked Vanoli-Braga (10-14) in Pesaro on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Scavolini Pesaro outscored guests from Cremona 82-59. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-59. Scavolini Pesaro dominated on the defensive end, holding Vanoli-Braga to just 6 points in fourth quarter. It was a good game for American guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Montenegrin power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) replied with 9 points and 12 rebounds and British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) added 15 points in the effort for Vanoli-Braga. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vanoli-Braga will play against Air Avellino (#4).
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: A.Collins 27+1reb+4ast, G.Diaz 18+3reb+2ast, D.Hackett 15+10reb+1ast, S.Flamini 11+7reb, T.Lydeka 4+5reb, N.Aleksandrov 3
Vanoli CR: A.Drozdov 15+3reb, B.Sekulic 9+12reb+1ast, J.Foster 8+3reb+1ast, M.Milic 7+3reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 6+1ast, M.Formenti 5
gschID: 96215


CS Bologna - Dinamo Sassari 81-87

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between CS Bologna (12-12) and Dinamo Sassari (11-13), which took place in Bologna. Higher ranked CS Bologna lost at home to eleventh ranked Dinamo Sassari 81-87. CS Bologna was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 34-23 charge of Dinamo Sassari, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) who scored 23 points and 7 assists. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) who recorded 25 points and 7 rebounds and Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. CS Bologna lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Dinamo Sassari's next round opponent will be higher ranked Benetton Treviso (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CS Bologna will play against Armani Milano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Sassari: T.Diener 23+4reb+7ast, O.Hunter 19+10reb, V.Plisnic 16+7reb+1ast, D.Tsaldaris 11+3reb+2ast, J.White 8+5reb+3ast, M.Vanuzzo 6+5reb
CS Bologna: K.Rivers 25+7reb, P.Koponen 14+5reb, V.Sanikidze 11+11reb, K.Winston 10+1reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 8+7reb+3ast, G.Poeta 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 96217


Cimberio VA - Pepsi Caserta 92-77

The game in Varese was quite interesting. 6th ranked Pepsi Caserta (11-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Cimberio Varese (12-12). Cimberio Varese defeated Pepsi Caserta 92-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. Pepsi Caserta managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cimberio Varese made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Pepsi Caserta's players. It was a good game for Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (202-82) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) replied with 16 points and the former international guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Pepsi Caserta. Cimberio Varese have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Pepsi Caserta at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cimberio Varese is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pepsi Caserta will play at home against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: K.Kangur 18+8reb, R.Slay 17+5reb+2ast, D.Fajardo 16+2reb+1ast, P.Goss 14+3reb+5ast, R.Stipcevic 9+3reb+3ast, T.Rannikko 8+2reb+9ast
Pepsi Caserta: E.Ere 16+4reb+2ast, M.Colussi 15+1reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 12+6reb+2ast, E.Williams 8+4reb, J.Jones 8+6reb+3ast, P.Martin 6+2reb
gschID: 96211


Bennet Cantu - Fabi Shoes 67-56

Very expected game when 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-14) lost on the road to second ranked Bennet Cantu (18-6) 67-56 on Saturday. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-12 charge of Bennet Cantu, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fabi Shoes Montegranaro to just 7 points in first quarter. Bennet Cantu forced 19 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) contributed with 17 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Four Bennet Cantu players scored in double figures. Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bennet Cantu have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record having just 0 points less than leader Montepaschi. Loser Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Bennet Cantu will face Enel Brindisi (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Pepsi Caserta.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: M.Green 17+2reb+3ast, M.Leunen 15+7reb+2ast, M.Markoishvili 12+4reb+2ast, B.Ortner 10+5reb+4ast, N.Mazzarino 8+2reb+1ast, V.Micov 5+8reb+1ast
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 14+12reb, S.Ford 14+10reb, A.Cinciarini 10+5reb+1ast, A.Ray 8+1reb, R.Toolson 4+2reb+1ast, M.Antonutti 3
gschID: 96212


Angelico BI - Benetton TV 77-79

A very close game took place in Biella between Benetton Treviso and Angelico Biella. Eighth ranked Benetton Treviso (12-12) got a very close victory on the road over 14th ranked Angelico Biella (9-15). Benetton Treviso managed to escape with a 2-point win 79-77 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The winners were led by swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) who scored that evening 16 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (200-84, college: Massachusetts) did not help to save the game for Angelico Biella. Croatian-Bosnian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Benetton Treviso and five Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Benetton Treviso have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Angelico Biella keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Benetton Treviso will meet at home Dinamo Sassari (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Angelico Biella will play against Lottomatica Roma (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: A.Gentile 16+5reb, D.Smith 15+4reb+1ast, M.Bulleri 14+1reb+1ast, D.Motiejunas 13+5reb+3ast, H.Peric 11+3reb+2ast, S.Nicevic 8+6reb+3ast
Angelico BI: J.Viggiano 20+9reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 13+4reb, E.Sosa 12+1reb+8ast, M.Chessa 11+2reb, G.Suton 10+11reb, M.Soragna 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 96213


Air AV - Armani MI 76-84

The game in Avellino was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Armani Milano (17-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Air Avellino (12-12). Armani Milano managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76. Air Avellino was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 51-35 second half run of Armani Milano. They also forced 21 Air Avellino turnovers. Strangely Air Avellino outrebounded Armani Milano 36-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, agency: 540 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 steals and international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Dan Peterson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Armani Milano maintains third position with 17-6 record having just two points less than leader Montepaschi. Air Avellino at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Armani Milano will play against CS Bologna (#7) at home in the next round. Air Avellino will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: I.Jaaber 26+3reb+3ast, S.Mancinelli 16+6reb+1ast, L.Greer 14+3ast, J.Maciulis 10+1reb+4ast, D.Hawkins 8+3reb+5ast, B.Eze 6+4reb+1ast
Air AV: O.Thomas 31+12reb+2ast, S.Szewczyk 16+5reb+2ast, A.Infanti 8+2reb+1ast, L.Johnson 7+12reb+1ast, M.Green 6+2reb+4ast, V.Spinelli 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 96210




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LBL Round 24: Liepaja defeats Valmiera in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 24 in the LBL took place in Liepaja. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Valmiera (16-10) to second ranked Liepaja (17-10) 69-67 on Wednesday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 20-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and the other American import guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) who added 13 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) with 18 points and 4 steals. Liepaja maintains second position with 17-10 record having just -2 points less than leader Ventspils. Valmiera at the other side dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Liepaja (17-10) against sixth ranked Zemgale (9-15) on Sunday night. Visiting Liepaja was defeated by Zemgale in a tough game in Jelgava 84-92. The winners were led by guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) who scored that evening 21 points and 4 assists and Jekabs Rozitis supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by forward Mareks Mejeris (199-91) did not help to save the game for Liepaja. Liepaja's coach Agris Galvanovskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zemgale maintains sixth position with 9-15 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Zemgale will play against higher ranked VEF Riga (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Liepaja will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ventspils. First ranked host Ventspils (19-4) defeated 3rd ranked Valmiera (16-10) 77-66. The best player for the winners was Brandon Hunter who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Janis Kaufmanis who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ventspils maintains first position with 19-4 record. Loser Valmiera dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. Ventspils will meet at home Zemgale (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Valmiera will have a break next round.
LBL top team - Ventspils (19-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Turiba (6-21) 101-43. It was a good game for Arturs Strelnieks who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Turiba's coach Peteris Visnevics gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains first position with 19-4 record. Turiba lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be Zemgale (#6) in Jelgava where they are favorite.
The game in Riga was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Turiba (6-21) played at the court of 8th ranked Latvijas Universitate (4-24). Turiba did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-55 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Armands Osins who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvijas Universitate's coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Turiba maintains seventh position with 6-21 record. Latvijas Universitate lost third consecutive game. Latvijas Universitate at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 24 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 24 VEF Riga destroyed Zemgale on the opponent's court 92-70.


Ventspils - Turiba 101-43

LBL top team - Ventspils (19-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Turiba (6-21) 101-43. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Turiba to an opponent 19.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 64.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Ventspils had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Turiba's players. It was a good game for swingman Arturs Strelnieks (196-85) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Lithuanian power forward Saulius Kuzminskas (210-82, college: California) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Forward Janis Dilevka (198-88) replied with 6 points and 9 rebounds and forward Janis Lasmanis (199-87) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Turiba. Turiba's coach Peteris Visnevics gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains first position with 19-4 record. Turiba lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be Zemgale (#6) in Jelgava where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Turiba: M.Rudmiezis 8+2reb, J.Lasmanis 7+5reb+1ast, L.Mizis 6+4reb, J.Dilevka 6+9reb+1ast, M.Steinbergs 5+2ast, U.Strauss 4+3reb
Ventspils: A.Strelnieks 20+6reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 16+1reb+2ast, T.Carter 16+1reb+8ast, S.Kuzminskas 12+12reb+3ast, L.Blaus 11+4reb+2ast, D.Coders 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 119781


LU - Turiba 55-73

The game in Riga was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Turiba (6-21) played at the court of 8th ranked Latvijas Universitate (4-24). Turiba did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Turiba. Latvijas Universitate was better in second period 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 53-26 including a 24-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Latvijas Universitate was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Armands Osins (192-91, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Janis Antrops (193-91, agency: Interperformances) who added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Turiba players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Kristaps Brigmanis (185-90, college: High School) with 6 points and 6 rebounds and guard Zanis Peiners (203-90) scored 9 points. Latvijas Universitate's coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Turiba maintains seventh position with 6-21 record. Latvijas Universitate lost third consecutive game. Latvijas Universitate at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 24 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 9+3reb+1ast, M.Dargis 8+1reb, A.Duselis 8+3reb, K.Jaunzems 7+4reb, K.Brigmanis 6+6reb+2ast, R.Rozitis 5+1reb
Turiba: J.Antrops 14+9reb+4ast, A.Osins 13+11reb+4ast, R.Mednis 12+5reb, J.Dilevka 11+9reb, M.Steinbergs 8+4reb+1ast, J.Lasmanis 8+12reb+1ast
gschID: 119782


Ventspils - Valmiera 77-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ventspils. First ranked host Ventspils (19-4) defeated 3rd ranked Valmiera (16-10) 77-66. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Valmiera managed to win fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) added 14 points respectively. Four Ventspils and five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Ventspils maintains first position with 19-4 record. Loser Valmiera dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. Ventspils will meet at home Zemgale (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Valmiera will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 16+7reb, R.Gabrans 14+4reb+3ast, J.Graudins 12+5reb+1ast, O.Virsis 11+3ast, M.Ziedins 11+2reb+3ast, V.Iljins 2+2reb
Ventspils: B.Hunter 16+7reb+1ast, A.Berzins 12+9reb+3ast, O.Efejuku 10+1reb+4ast, A.Vairogs 10+6reb+1ast, A.Strelnieks 9+1reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 119783


Zemgale - Liepaja 92-84

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Liepaja (17-10) against sixth ranked Zemgale (9-15) on Sunday night. Visiting Liepaja was defeated by Zemgale in a tough game in Jelgava 84-92. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Liepaja won third quarter 32-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zemgale made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Liepaja was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) who scored that evening 21 points and 4 assists and power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by forward Mareks Mejeris (199-91) did not help to save the game for Liepaja. The former international guard Sandis Buskevics (190-77, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja's coach Agris Galvanovskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zemgale maintains sixth position with 9-15 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Zemgale will play against higher ranked VEF Riga (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Liepaja will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Kosuskins 19+4reb+1ast, M.Mejeris 14+9reb+3ast, S.Buskevics 13+8reb+3ast, M.Kravcenko 12+3reb, M.Meiers 10+2reb, J.Aleksejevs 7+6reb
Zemgale: E.Krumins 22+4reb, K.Krumins 21+4reb+4ast, S.Metra 19+4reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 17+10reb+2ast, A.Justovics 7+6reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 119784


Liepaja - Valmiera 69-67

The most exciting game of round 24 in the LBL took place in Liepaja. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Valmiera (16-10) to second ranked Liepaja (17-10) 69-67 on Wednesday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 20-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and the other American import guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) who added 13 points during the contest. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Liepaja players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) with 18 points and 4 steals and the former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Liepaja maintains second position with 17-10 record having just -2 points less than leader Ventspils. Valmiera at the other side dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: R.Gabrans 18+2reb+1ast, J.Kaufmanis 13+1reb, J.Berzins 9+5reb, P.Veselovs 9+9reb+1ast, J.Graudins 6+6reb+3ast, O.Virsis 4+3reb
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 16+3reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 13+4reb+2ast, S.Buskevics 12+1reb+3ast, M.Mejeris 11+5reb, A.Ozols 5+5reb, J.Aleksejevs 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 125721


Zemgale - VEF Riga 70-92

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Zemgale's (9-15) home loss to fifth ranked VEF Riga (15-9) 70-92 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 22 points. VEF Riga dominated on the defensive end, holding Zemgale to just 6 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zemgale's 34. VEF Riga forced 19 Zemgale turnovers and outrebounded them 44-23 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and international center Andrejs Selakovs (210-88) who added 8 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) scored 14 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 15-9 record. Zemgale lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round. Zemgale will play again on the road against VEF Riga (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zemgale: E.Krumins 20+5reb+1ast, S.Metra 14+2reb+5ast, K.Krumins 12+3reb+2ast, A.Ausejs 5, J.Bambis 5+3reb+2ast, R.Strupovics 4+2reb
VEF Riga: T.Cain 15+8reb+1ast, A.Parakhouski 12+2reb, B.Bakic 12+3reb+3ast, K.Berzins 12+4reb+1ast, D.Bertans 11+2reb+3ast, M.Laksa 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 119780




LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 19-4 
 2. Liepaja 17-10 
 3. Barons 16-9 
 4. Valmiera 16-10 
 5. VEF Riga 15-9 
 6. Zemgale 9-15 
 7. Turiba 6-21 
 8. LU 4-24 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Derek WILLJAM
  Barons
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Willjam, Barons16.8 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Peiners, LU14.8 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 6. Duselis, LU14.1 
 7. Mednis, Turiba14.0 
 8. Vaikulis, Liepaja13.4 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.7 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera6.1 
 8. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 9. Dilevka, Turiba5.8 
 10. Cavars, Barons5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WILLJAM
  Barons
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Willjam, Barons4.7 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.4 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 9. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.0 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF Riga
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 4. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.8 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.3 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Pishchalniko., Barons0.9 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 


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Jankunas' 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Zalgiris and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 32 points adding seven rebounds for Zalgiris in his team's victory, helping them to crush Juventus (#6, 12-10) with 16-point margin 93-77. It allowed Zalgiris to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Zalgiris keeps perfect 22 -0 record. In the team's last game Jankunas had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Zalgiris' top player in his first season with the team. Jankunas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.7rpg) and averages solid 67.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) of Aisciai Kaunas. He is a center in his first season at Aiscai Kaunas. In the last game Drungilas recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds. Of course Aiscai Kaunas cruised to a 73-63 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Naglis-Adakris (#12, 6-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Aiscai Kaunas managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Drungilas is a newcomer at Aiscai Kaunas and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) of Nevezis Kedainiai (#9). Alijevas scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Nevezis, leading his team to a 90-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Alytus Alita (#13, 2-19). The chances of Nevezis not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Alijevas could try to bring Nevezis' a little bit higher in the standings. Alijevas has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.9apg (best passer). Rolandas Alijevas has also Lithuanian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giedrius Jankauskas (206-F/C-81) of Rudupis - 25 points and 4 rebounds
5. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) of Techasas - 22 points and 4 rebounds
6. Saulius Dumbliauskas (203-C-81) of Alytus Alita - 22 points and 12 rebounds
7. Raimundas Danys (198-G/F-85) of Naglis-Adakris - 16 points and 12 rebounds
8. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) of Lietuvos Rytas - 12 points and 9 rebounds
9. Aurimas Adomaitis (206-F-87) of Juventus - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos Rytas - 14 points and 9 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Etzella earn Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Etzella - Amicale 67:65

Etzella are 2011 Cup winners. They overcame Amicale in a dramatic Final game yesterday. Raphael Albaladejo (200-F/C-84) came up with a late bucket to seal the winning deal for Etzella. Karim Shabazz (218-C-78, college: Providence) was the MVP for the game notching 22 points and impressive 21 rebounds.
Etzella gained the lead in the opening term. They recorded a 21:18 advantage ten minutes into the game. Led by Karim Shabazz Etzella maintained the advantage in the second quarter. They piled up a 38:30 lead at the interval. However Amicale tipped off the second half with an 11:2 run to surge ahead. Etzella quickly responded and retained the advantage but this time Amicale stayed close. They trailed by only four points heading into the fourth period. Eric Jeitz (191-G-86) drew things level at 56 midway through the final term. Etzella cleared off to a 5-point lead but Christopher Jones (186-G-90) and Eric Jeitz gave Amicale a 64:62 advantage with under two minutes remaining. Karim Shabazz converted a three-point play to ensure Etzellas lead but Birenbaum leveled things up at 65. Finally Raphael Albaladejo scored a winning basket with 13 seconds to go. Louis Birdsong and Eric Jeitz missed their attempts allowing Etzella to celebrate victory. Nelson Delgado (186-G/F-80) finished with 13 points, while Jairo Delgado (190-G/F-85) provided 12 in the win. Christopher Jones answered with 17 points and 10 boards for Amicale. Eric Jeitz chipped in 15 points in defeat.

Etzella: Karim Shabazz 22+21 boards, Nelson Delgado 13, Jairo Delgado 12
Amicale: Christopher Jones 17+10 boards, Eric Jeitz 15




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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. White, Cananea28.5 
 2. Gale, Mexicali28.0 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.5 
 4. Gabbidon, Tijuana24.4 
 5. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 6. White, Los Mochis23.6 
 7. Moore, Tijuana23.5 
 8. Thomas, Cananea23.4 
 9. Barrett, Guasave23.3 
 10. Brown, Tepic22.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Moss, Nogales10.8 
 2. Angounou, Guasave10.3 
 3. Moore, Tijuana10.0 
 4. Malloy, Los Mochis9.0 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 6. Brown, Tepic8.2 
 7. Brown, Nogales8.0 
 8. Avila, Culiacan7.8 
 9. Lawal, Tepic7.0 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Detrick WHITE
  Los Mochis
  (184-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. White, Los Mochis5.9 
 2. Funn, Guasave5.9 
 3. Watson, Tijuana5.1 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.1 
 5. Ford, Tepic4.6 
 6. Marentes, Guaymas4.2 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.2 
 8. White, Cananea4.2 
 9. Brown, Nogales3.8 
 10. Nungaray, Guaymas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Noah BROWN
  Nogales
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Brown, Nogales2.4 
 2. Thomas, Cananea2.2 
 3. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 4. White, Cananea1.7 
 5. Gale, Mexicali1.5 
 6. Funn, Guasave1.4 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 8. Sims, Los Mochis1.3 
 9. Webb, Culiacan1.3 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Jones, Tepic2.4 
 4. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 6. Gale, Mexicali2.1 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 8. Habel, Guaymas2.0 
 9. Malloy, Los Mochis2.0 
 10. Ford, Tepic1.9 


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 12-2 
 2. Hermosillo 11-3 
 3. Guasave 8-6 
 4. Nogales 8-6 
 5. Culiacan 8-6 
 6. Mexicali 7-7 
 7. Guaymas 6-8 
 8. Tijuana 6-8 
 9. Los Mochis 2-12 
 10. Tepic 2-12 


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Standings - 1A
1A Stage Two Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Buducnost 2-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 2-0 
 3. Lovcen 2-1 
 4. Ulcijn 1-2 
 5. Teodo Tivat 1-2 
 6. Jedinstvo 0-2 
Play-Out
 1. Danilovgrad 2-1 
 2. ABS Primorje 2-1 
 3. Mogren 1-1 
 4. KK Podgorica 1-1 
 5. Gorstak 0-2 
Stage One Standings


MNE1A S-League 3.Round : new victory for Buducnost and Lovcen - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Clubs and Buducnost and Lovcen achieved victory in the third round of Super League MNE1A.
In the first match of the third round MNE1A Super League Buducnost is in Ulcinj beat the home team 72:69 (14:16, 18:22, 28:11, 12:20), and Lovcen in Cetinje beat Tivat Teodo 79:71 ( 20:16, 22:15, 17:17 and 20:23). In the final match of this round, on Sunday at 19h in Bijelo Polje, will meet on Jedionstvo and Mornar.

Lovcen - Teodo 79:71 (20:16, 22:15, 17:17, 20:23)
Cetinje - SC Lovcen. Spect: 300. Reff: Vojinovic (Niksic), Jokic, Savovic (Podgorica)
Lovcen: Latkovic, Boricic 15, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 2, Vucurovic, Martinic 15, Jevdjic 11, Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) 24, Kandic 6, Koprivica, Mijatovic 6.
Teodo: Lucic, Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88) 3, Radonjic, Stevan Lazovic (186-G-91) 2, Boskovic 15, Manojlovic 4, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 5, Rondovic 7, Subotic 3, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 12, Aco Mandic (205-C/F-84) 18, Bozovic 2.




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  NBA   


Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Chicago B. - Toronto R. 113-106
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) had 36 points and 10 assists, and the Chicago Bulls took another step toward the top seed in the Eastern Conference with their 15th win in 17 games, hanging on to beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 113-106 on Saturday night. The Bulls lead Miami by three games and Boston by 3 1/2. They also are within one of San Antonio for the NBA's best record after squeezing by one of the league's weakest teams. Rose came up big after scoring 27 points the previous night in a win at Detroit, and Tom Thibodeau broke Phil Jackson's club record for wins by a first-year coach as the Bulls improved to 56-20. Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 10 rebounds despite early foul trouble. Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored 17 points, Taj Gibson had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Kyle Korver came up big down the stretch to finish with 10 points. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Memphis G. - Minnesota T. 106-89
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 22 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-89 and strengthen their hold on seventh place in the National Basketball Association's Western Conference. The victory put Memphis (44-33) one-half game ahead of the New Orleans Hornets in the conference. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) had 20 points and Tony Allen scored 12 for Memphis, which handed the Timberwolves (17-60) their 10th straight loss. Michael Beasley led the Timberwolves with 20 points and Luke Ridnour had 17 at FedexForum in Memphis. The San Antonio Spurs, NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder have booked postseason places in the Western Conference. At the United Center in Chicago, Derrick Rose had 36 points and 10 assists to lead the Bulls to a 113-106 win against the Toronto Raptors as Chicago fights for top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls lead Miami by three games and Boston by 3. At 56-20, they are within one game of San Antonio for the league's best record. Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Luol Deng added 17 points for the Bulls. Jerryd Bayless and DeMar DeRozan each had 26 points for the Raptors (20-55). In addition to the Bulls, the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks have already advanced to the postseason from the Eastern Conference. *Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

Milwaukee B. - Philadelph.76 93-87 OT
Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) scored nine of his 13 points in overtime and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 93-87 on Saturday night. Jennings redeemed himself after missing a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer that would've won it, helping keep the Bucks very faint playoff hopes alive and snapping Philadelphia's three-game winning streak. Milwaukee is 3 1/2 games behind Indiana for eighth place in the Eastern Conference with six games left. The Sixers hoped to start building some momentum after clinching their spot in the playoffs Friday, but took an early double-digit lead and then came out flat in the second half despite 20 points and 12 rebounds from Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke). John Salmons scored 19 points for the Bucks, Drew Gooden had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Andrew Bogut finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Golde State W. - Dallas M. 99-92
Any chance the Dallas Mavericks had of moving up to second in the Western Conference playoff race is likely over. They can thank Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) for that. Ellis shook off pain in his strained right ankle to score 32 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat Dallas 99-92 on Saturday night to deliver a crushing blow to the Mavericks' chances of improving their playoff seeding. 'Basically, looks like we've got the three seed locked up,' Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) said. Ellis scored 18 points in a dominant third quarter that helped the Warriors pull away. David Lee finished with 16 points and Dorell Wright added 12 to help Golden State avoid a four-game sweep against Dallas this season. Shawn Marion had 21 points and Jason Terry added 17 in Dallas' second straight loss. Two nights after a crushing 28-point loss to the Lakers, the Mavericks' hopes of improving their playoff seeding took an even bigger hit. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

LA Clippers - Oklah.City T. 98-92
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 26 points and 16 rebounds, Eric Gordon capped an 18-point effort with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 43.2 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-92 on Saturday night. Griffin, who played his college ball at Oklahoma and was the first overall pick in the 2009 draft, averaged 24 points and 13 rebounds in his three games against the Thunder. Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 23 points for the Thunder, shooting 10 for 24 overall and 0 for 4 from 3-point range. The last time the Clippers hosted the Thunder, they beat them 107-92 on Nov. 3 for the only victory in their 1-13 start. Durant was 0 for 10 from behind the arc that night and 6 for 24 overall with a season-low 16 points. *Courtesy of Yahoo


Spurs assign Danny Green to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Green most recently signed with the Spurs on March 16, appearing in three games totaling 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. He originally signed with the Spurs on November 17, when he appeared in two games, totaling 6 points in 9 minutes, before being released on November 23. In between those two stints with the Spurs, Green saw action in 16 games with the Reno Bighorns, where he averaged 20.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.38 steals in 37.4 minutes per game. He shot .451 (114-253) from the field, .434 (36-83) from three-point territory and .795 (58-73) from the free throw line.

The Toros conclude the regular season tonight when they face the Texas Legends at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Park Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.7 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.8 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.25.1 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.2 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.3 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.3 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.2 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.3 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Delfino, Milwaukee B.1.7 
 10. Iguodala, Philadel.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.1 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 52-23 
 2. Philadelph.76 40-37 
 3. New York K. 37-38 
 4. New Jersey N. 23-52 
 5. Toronto R. 20-55 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 56-20 
 2. Indiana P. 35-42 
 3. Milwaukee B. 31-45 
 4. Detroit P. 26-49 
 5. Cleveland C. 15-60 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 53-23 
 2. Orlando M. 48-28 
 3. Atlanta H. 44-32 
 4. Charlotte B. 32-43 
 5. Washington W. 19-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 50-26 
 2. Denver N. 46-29 
 3. Portland TB 44-32 
 4. Utah Jazz 36-40 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-60 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 55-20 
 2. Phoenix Suns 37-38 
 3. Golde State W. 33-44 
 4. LA Clippers 30-47 
 5. Sacramento K. 21-54 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 57-19 
 2. Dallas M. 53-23 
 3. Memphis G. 44-33 
 4. N.Orleans H. 43-33 
 5. Houston R. 40-36 


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Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 6-0 
 2. Ibdaa D. 6-0 
 3. Al Ahli 4-1 
 4. Berzeit Club 4-1 
 5. Bethlehem 4-2 
 6. Beit Sahour 3-3 
 7. Hiteen 2-3 
 8. Ebal 2-3 
 9. Sarriyet 2-4 
 10. Qalandia 2-4 
 11. Orthodox R. 1-5 
 12. Al Fara 0-5 
 13. Islami 0-5 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Quinnel BROWN
  Quebec K.
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Brown, Quebec K.20.6 
 2. Jones, Kentucky S.19.6 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.19.1 
 4. Egerson, Saint J.18.9 
 5. Parran, Quebec K.17.9 
 6. Dollard, Halifax R.17.7 
 7. Friel, Rochester R.15.1 
 8. Perry, Dayton A.15.1 
 9. Crouch, Rocheste.14.8 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.8 
 2. Williams, Rocheste.8.7 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.3 
 4. Sowell, Dayton A.8.3 
 5. Jones, Kentucky S.8.2 
 6. Walton, Rocheste.8.2 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.8.2 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.7.9 
 9. DeMasi, Saint J.7.6 
 10. Harris, Kentucky S.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Parran, Quebec K.7.3 
 2. Rice, Saint J.6.2 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.6.2 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.4.7 
 5. Bowden, Lawton F.4.3 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.3.9 
 7. Lathan, Halifax R.3.9 
 8. Taylor, Dayton A.3.7 
 9. Acker, Quebec K.3.7 
 10. Egerson, Saint J.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Parran, Quebec K.2.8 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.0 
 3. Brown, Quebec K.2.0 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.1.7 
 5. Taylor, Dayton A.1.6 
 6. Rice, Saint J.1.6 
 7. Bowden, Lawton F.1.5 
 8. Lathan, Halifax R.1.4 
 9. Council, Rocheste.1.4 
 10. Brown, Halifax R.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.7 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.5 
 3. Crookshank, Halif.1.3 
 4. Pierre, Quebec K.1.1 
 5. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.0.9 
 7. Harris, Kentucky S.0.8 
 8. DeMasi, Saint J.0.8 
 9. Brown, Halifax R.0.7 
 10. Dollard, Halifax R.0.7 


Semifinals: Rochester RazorSharks and Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry grab 1-0 lead against their rivals - by Eurobasket News
Rochester R. - Quebec K. 114-110 OT (1-0)
It was a tale of two halves on Saturday for the Rochester RazorSharks. Lucky for them, they came out on the winning side. After leading by 16 at halftime, Rochester saw its double-digit lead evaporate in the second half and it took overtime for the RazorSharks to defeat the Quebec Kebs 114-110 in the first round of the PBL playoffs at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial. 'It's not necessarily the way we wanted it, but as I told the guys I would rather be us than them,' head coach Rod Baker said. The Kebs started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to take their first lead, 82-80, since the opening moments of the game. Trailing by nine with three minutes left, the RazorSharks responded with an 8-0 run that was capped by a Keith Friel 3-pointer with 1:01 left. Kebs' point guard Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) came right back and hit a controversial jumper that was ultimately ruled a 2-pointer to make it 104-101. Quebec head coach Rob Spon argued that it was a 3, but the officials didn't review the play. Mike Williams (6'7''-F-85, college: Cincinnati) hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 12 seconds, which included the two tying points with six seconds left to send the game to extra minutes. 'I just blocked everything out and I focused on making them,' said Williams, who finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga), who scored a team-high 24 points, hit the winning basket in overtime with 14 seconds left. But it was a steal by Crouch in the final seconds that sealed the game. 'Fred (Durr) was pressuring the ball and made his guy make a tough play, and I ended up coming up with the steal,' Crouch said. The RazorSharks (13-8) finished the game 42 of 54 from the free-throw line, which included going 27 of 35 in the second half. Crouch and Williams led the way going 25 of 32 and Eric Walton (6'9''-F/C-79, college: San Jose St.) was a perfect 8-for-8. Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Marist) finished with a game-high 30 points and Parran added 25 points and 10 assists for Quebec (14-7). Crouch, a PBL playoff veteran, knows the team better come ready to play in Game 2. 'They're (Quebec) pretty mad right now and they probably feel like the game got stolen from them. We have to come with same energy we had in the first half today for a full 48 minutes.' Rochester will hit the road to Quebec for Game 2 of the best-of-three series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. *Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com

Halifax R. - Lawton Ft.SC 92-93 OT (0-1)
A despondent group of Halifax Rainmen couldn't mask their disappointment after a gut-wrenching 93-92 overtime loss to the heavily favoured Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry on Saturday in the opener of their Premier Basketball League semifinal series. At the Metro Centre, the Rainmen trailed for only about three minutes of regulation time but the Cavalry scored the last two hoops of the fourth quarter to force an extra period and then converted the winning basket after guard Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) had put the hosts in front with less than 10 seconds remaining. 'We thought we won it,' said a glum Marshall Brown (6'7''-F-85, college: Missouri), who scored a dozen points. 'We got a good look, we got the shot to win the game, it just boiled down to . . . when we needed a (defensive) stop the most, we didn't get it.' The loss was doubly hard to stomach considering the task that now awaits the Rainmen. They have to win the next two games in the best-of-three series at Great Plains Coliseum, where the Cavalry have never lost in their two seasons in the PBL. Veteran forward Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.), who had six points and hauled down 11 rebounds, conceded that's a tall order for any team. 'It just sucks that we couldn't win this game and go steal one in Oklahoma,' Crookshank said, praising his team's effort but bemoaning its failure once again to close out a tight game. 'Now our chances are really slim going out there and trying to win two. They're a great team at home. . . . We gotta bring our best effort, best foot forward.' After staggering down the stretch and only clinching a playoff berth on the final night of the regular season, the 10-10 Rainmen were decided underdogs against the defending league champions (18-2). But they had plenty of fight left in reserve for the powerful Cavalry. After Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, college: Arkansas) 's trey gave Lawton-Fort Sill an early 5-2 edge, the Rainmen answered with an 8-0 run to claim a lead they'd relinquish only once more in regulation time, for one possession midway through the third quarter. Halifax was ahead by three, 18-15, after the first quarter, went into halftime up 43-39 and completed the third period with a five-point bulge on Desmond Ferguson's three-pointer in the final seconds that staked the upset-minded Rainmen to a 70-65 lead. In the fourth, Halifax quickly widened the spread to eight points. The Cavalry, though, chipped away and knotted the score at 76-76 by holding the Rainmen without a point for a stretch of more than six minutes. Josh Dollard, back after missing five games with a torn calf muscle, restored Halifax's lead on a rare four-point play, converting a free throw after he was fouled while burying a trey, and the Rainmen carried an 84-80 edge into the final minute. But Shaun Fountain nailed consecutive shots, the second after Dean won a crucial jump ball in Halifax's end, and Taliek Brown couldn't convert a last-second shot, sending the game into overtime tied 84-84. Fountain gave Lawton-Fort Sill the advantage on a three-pointer at 2:30 of overtime that was the first basket for either team in the extra period. The clubs traded two-point shots into the final minute before a Cavalry turnover handed Halifax the ball down 91-90 with 22 seconds to go. After a couple of clock stoppages, Taliek Brown sent the Metro Centre audience of 2,089 into a frenzy when he slashed in for a score with under 10 seconds to go. But the deafening roar was replaced by a stunned silence when the Cavalry raced the length of the court and Gabe Freeman dropped the winning deuce with under two seconds remaining. 'It's hard,' said Dollard, trying to find the right words. 'When you play so hard, you make the right plays, you shot the ball well, rebounded the ball well, played excellent defence and it came down to that one play. That's a heartbreaker, especially here at home.' DeAndre Thomas topped the Rainmen with 17 points - 15 of them in the first half - and 12 rebounds while Taliek Brown and Dollard had 16 each. Jamel White added 11 and Ferguson 10. Freeman paced the visitors with 16 and Fountain finished with 15. Game 2 in the series is Wednesday night in Lawton. Game 3, if necessary, is Friday night. 'They haven't lost down there in a couple of years so it'll be tough but we definitely think we can do it,' Marshall Brown said. Dollard said the Rainmen have to turn the page on Saturday's demoralizing loss. 'We made a couple mistakes down the stretch, had a stretch where we couldn't really score but I think overall we fought down to the end and unfortunately we didn't come out with the win,' he said. 'We just gotta keep our confidence, go in there with our heads held high and show 'em that we got something to prove and they can be beat.' *Courtesy of www.thechronicleherald.ca




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1Liga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Rosasport - LKS Lodz 59-74

LKS Lodz nipped Rosasport on the road to surge ahead in the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by LKS Sphinx. Rosasport was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LKS Sphinx dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Rosasport's 20. Guard Piotr Trepka (182-80) stepped up and scored 16 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side the former international forward Pawel Wiekiera (206-78) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Piotr Kardas (182-78) scored 17 points. Rosasport's coach Piotr Ignatowicz rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: P.Trepka 16+2reb+4ast, M.Salamonik 15+4reb+1ast, B.Szczepaniak 9+2reb+1ast, K.Sulima 9+3reb+3ast, M.Krajewski 7+1reb+3ast, D.Kalinowski 6+3reb+2ast
Rosasport: P.Kardas 17+3ast, P.Wiekiera 14+10reb, J.Zalewski 9+3reb+1ast, A.Donigiewicz 8+9reb+2ast, H.Radke 4+5reb+1ast, E.Podkowinski 3+1reb
gschID: 125219


Tempcold AZS - Spojnia 71-56

Tempcold AZS eased past Spojnia in the opener. It looked good early as Spojnia took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then AZS Politechnika Warszawska had a 18-11 second period charge getting the lead and Spojnia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-71. Spojnia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) chipped in 8 points and 8 assists. AZS Politechnika Warszawska's coach Mladen Starcevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side center Rafal Kulikowski (204-85) responded with 8 points and 7 rebounds and guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Tempcold AZS: M.Ponitka 18+5reb+1ast, P.Pelka 13+2reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 8+2reb+8ast, M.Popiolek 6+2reb, M.Kolowca 6+7reb, K.Pietras 6+2reb
Spojnia: M.Stoklosa 14+1ast, A.Parzych 11+2reb+1ast, J.Koszuta 9+6reb, R.Kulikowski 8+7reb+1ast, T.Stepien 7+3reb+1ast, L.Bodych 3+5reb
gschID: 125216


Sokol Lancut - ISS Sportino 70-48

Sokol Lancut overcame ISS Sportino to take 1-0 lead. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Lancut. ISS Sportino was better in third quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ISS Sportino to just 6 points in first quarter. Sokol Lancut dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to ISS Sportino's 22. Sokol Lancut forced 22 ISS Sportino turnovers. Center Maciej Klima (205-82) stepped up and scored 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Lukasz Zytko (181-81) scored 11 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: M.Klima 12+7reb+1ast, T.Fortuna 12+3reb+1ast, M.Wilczek 10+10reb, R.Glapinski 9+2reb+4ast, W.Pisarczyk 9+7reb+3ast, J.Szurlej 6+2reb+3ast
ISS Sportino: W.Zurawski 16+8reb, L.Zytko 11+2reb+4ast, K.Jakobczyk 10+1reb, A.Lichodzijewski 6+8reb+1ast, J.Sulowski 3+2reb+1ast, W.Kus 2
gschID: 125217


MMKS DG - Asec.Prokom-2 59-58

MMKS DG needed to held off a furious Asseco Prokom-2 efforts to eke out a narrow home win in the first game of the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 17-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Adam Lisewski (206-F/C-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Mariusz Piotrkowski (197-84) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Grzegorz Mordzak (183-77) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Asecco Prokom 2. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
MMKS DG: A.Lisewski 10+11reb+1ast, M.Piotrkowski 10+6reb+3ast, L.Szczypka 9+4reb+4ast, P.Zielinski 9+2reb, P.Bogdanowicz 6+2reb+1ast, T.Wrobel 6+5reb+1ast
Asec.Prokom-2: G.Mordzak 23+6reb+1ast, T.Wojdyla 12+6reb+1ast, P.Smigielski 8+4reb, A.Krauze 6+1reb+1ast, T.Andrzejewski 6+8reb+1ast, P.Konsek 2+2reb
gschID: 125218




Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia .17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.4 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Jarecki, GKS Tychy16.3 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.0 
 7. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 8. Lichodzijews., ISS S.15.4 
 9. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.15.3 
 10. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.7 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.8.9 
 3. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.6 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.3 
 5. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut8.0 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce7.9 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.7 
 8. Luszczewski, Start L.7.7 
 9. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.7 
 10. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.3 
 2. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.9 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.9 
 4. Sikora, Start Lublin5.0 
 5. Stoklosa, Spojnia4.9 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.8 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.5 
 9. Kowalski, Gornik4.5 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.8 
 3. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 4. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 5. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .2.5 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.5 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.4 
 9. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.2 
 10. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.5 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.4 
 4. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.3 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.1 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 7. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 8. Czyz, SKK Siedlce0.9 
 9. Glabas, Polonia 20110.9 
 10. Pytys, AZS Szczecin0.9 


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LPB Round 21: Academica edges Benfica by two points - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LPB.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the LPB took place in Coimbra. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Benfica (16-5) to third ranked Academica (15-6) 89-87 on Sunday evening. Benfica cut a 16-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) who recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Benfica's coach Henrique Vieira rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Academica maintains third place with 15-6 record having five points less than leader Porto Ferpinta. Defending champion Benfica keeps the second position with five games lost. Academica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Coimbra to the arena Sampaense.
Important game to mention about took place in Ovarense. Eighth ranked Sampaense (9-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Ovarense (10-11) 80-79 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for American forward Jessan Gray (208-84, college: Iowa St., agency: Hightower Law Firm) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Riley Luettgerodt contributed with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for Ovarense. Sampaense maintains eighth place with 9-12 record, which they share with Ginasio. Ovarense lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Penafiel and CAB. Sampaense will play against higher ranked Academica (#3) in Coimbra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ovarense will play on the road against Penafiel in Penafiel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader FC Porto Ferpinta delivered the twentiethth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Illiabum (6-15) 87-72 in Ilhavo. Carlos Andrade stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Ricondo Crutchfield with 23 points and 7 rebounds. FC Porto Ferpinta (20-1) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. FC Porto Ferpinta maintains first place. Illiabum at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Lusitania. FC Porto Ferpinta will meet at home CAB (#5) in the next round. Illiabum will play against the league's second-placed Benfica (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Ginasio (9-12) survived in overtime against Penafiel (10-11) by three points 80-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Penafiel. The game was dominated by American players. Jason Hartford nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ginasio moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sampaense. Newly promoted Penafiel dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Ginasio's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Barreirense (#12) in Barreiro. Penafiel will play at home against Ovarense (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 21 bottom-ranked Barreirense was defeated by Vitoria SC in Guimaraes 75-67. CAB beat Lusitania at home 91-81.
The best stats of 21th round was 25 points and 9 rebounds by Frederick Gentry of CAB.



Academica - Benfica 89-87

The most exciting game of round 21 in the LPB took place in Coimbra. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Benfica (16-5) to third ranked Academica (15-6) 89-87 on Sunday evening. Benfica cut a 16-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) who recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Sergio Ramos (200-76) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Benfica's coach Henrique Vieira rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Academica maintains third place with 15-6 record having five points less than leader Porto Ferpinta. Defending champion Benfica keeps the second position with five games lost. Academica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Coimbra to the arena Sampaense.
Top scorers:
Academica: T.Eddie 26+10reb+1ast, W.Holland 18+3reb+2ast, M.Shaw 15+10reb+2ast, F.Sousa 11+2reb+6ast, D.Simoes 9+4reb+6ast, T.Pinto 8+1reb
Benfica: H.Evans 19+8reb+4ast, G.Jenkins 16+5reb, S.Ramos 16+5reb+1ast, M.Chandler 13+1reb+1ast, A.Tavares 8+1reb, B.Reed 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 101235


Vitoria SC - Barreirense 75-67

There was no surprise in Guimaraes where 12th ranked Barreirense (3-18) was defeated by fourth ranked Vitoria SC (12-9) 75-67. Barreirense was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Vitoria SC, which allowed them to win the game. Center Claudio Fonseca (206-89) nailed 9 points and 20 rebounds for the winning side and guard Pedro Tavares (182-83) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Vitoria SC players scored in double figures. American forward Tyrone Curnell (201-88, college: Valdosta St., agency: Strategic Sports) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Garrison Johnson (196-88, college: Jackson St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 15 points respectively for Barreirense in the defeat. Barreirense's coach Arturo Alvarez tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vitoria SC maintains fourth place with 12-9 record. Barreirense lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Vitoria SC's next round opponent will be Lusitania (#10) in Angra which should be theoretically an easy game. Barreirense will play at home against Ginasio in Figueira da Foz.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: P.Tavares 19+5reb+2ast, A.Bessa 15+2reb+3ast, P.Cunha 12+4reb+3ast, K.Austin 12+3reb+2ast, C.Fonseca 9+20reb+1ast, P.Diamantino 4
Barreirense: T.Curnell 18+7reb+3ast, G.Johnson 15+4reb, J.Silva 10+3reb, T.Raimundo 9+7reb+1ast, M.Neves 6+5reb+1ast, P.Pinto 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 101236


Illiabum - Porto Ferpinta 72-87

Leader FC Porto Ferpinta delivered the twentiethth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Illiabum (6-15) 87-72 in Ilhavo. The game without a history. FC Porto Ferpinta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. FC Porto Ferpinta looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four FC Porto Ferpinta players scored in double figures. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ricondo Crutchfield (200-78, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) with 23 points and 7 rebounds and guard Vasco Estevao (195-85) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. FC Porto Ferpinta (20-1) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. FC Porto Ferpinta maintains first place. Illiabum at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Lusitania. FC Porto Ferpinta will meet at home CAB (#5) in the next round. Illiabum will play against the league's second-placed Benfica (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: C.Andrade 23+8reb+2ast, G.Stempin 18+4reb+4ast, D.Correia 12+1reb+2ast, S.Ogirri 11+2reb+3ast, J.Terrell 6+11reb+1ast, N.Marcal 5+3reb+4ast
Illiabum: R.Crutchfield 23+7reb+1ast, V.Estevao 15+7reb+1ast, C.Cordeiro 10+4reb+1ast, E.Willis 9+11reb+1ast, C.Barroca 7+4reb+7ast, J.Balseiro 5
gschID: 101232


Ovarense - Sampaense 79-80

Important game to mention about took place in Ovarense. Eighth ranked Sampaense (9-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Ovarense (10-11) 80-79 on Saturday evening. Ovarense was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 27-13 third quarter run of Sampaense. They also forced 21 Ovarense turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Jessan Gray (208-84, college: Iowa St., agency: Hightower Law Firm) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Gray is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Sampaense players scored in double figures. The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and American forward John Waller (193-82, college: ODU) added 29 points and 4 steals in the effort for Ovarense. Sampaense maintains eighth place with 9-12 record, which they share with Ginasio. Ovarense lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Penafiel and CAB. Sampaense will play against higher ranked Academica (#3) in Coimbra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ovarense will play on the road against Penafiel in Penafiel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sampaense: J.Gray 20+3reb+7ast, M.Johnson 19+4reb+2ast, R.Luettgerodt 17+12reb+1ast, J.Sing 14+6reb+7ast, P.Azevedo 8+3ast, H.Carvalho 2+4reb
Ovarense: J.Waller 29+2reb+1ast, N.Cortez 18+15reb+3ast, A.Pinto 10+2reb, F.Neves 9+4reb+1ast, J.Bradford Spencer 7+2reb, N.Manarte 5+1reb+10ast
gschID: 101233


Ginasio - Penafiel 80-77 OT

Ginasio (9-12) survived in overtime against Penafiel (10-11) by three points 80-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Penafiel. Penafiel was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 24-12 third quarter run of Ginasio. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-13. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Jason Hartford (206-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and guard Austin Swift (196-89, college: Cal Poly Pomona) accounted for 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Andrais Thornton (203-85, college: NW Missouri St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jeremy Goode (175-87, college: Mt.St.Mary's) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Penafiel in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ginasio moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sampaense. Newly promoted Penafiel dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Ginasio's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Barreirense (#12) in Barreiro. Penafiel will play at home against Ovarense (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: T.Barroso 20+3reb+2ast, J.Reveles 19+3reb+4ast, J.Hartford 14+14reb+3ast, A.Swift 12+11reb+5ast, M.Goncalves 7+3reb, P.Silva 6+5reb
Penafiel: A.Thornton 18+11reb+1ast, J.Goode 17+7reb+2ast, L.Nolen 13+7reb+1ast, J.Almeida 13+3reb+1ast, R.Mota 9+4ast, M.Goncalves 5+7reb
gschID: 101234


CAB - Lusitania 91-81

No shocking result in a game in Funchal where seventh ranked CAB (10-11) defeated 10th ranked Lusitania (6-15) 91-81. It looked good early as Lusitania took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CAB had a 30-19 second period charge getting the lead and Lusitania was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-91. CAB forced 28 Lusitania turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American guard Nathan Menefee (182-85, college: Evergreen St., agency: RIZO) nailed 28 points, 7 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) accounted for 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Naturalized American forward Rick Cardoso (201-85, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and forward Mohamed Camara (196-83) added 18 points respectively for Lusitania in the defeat. CAB moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Penafiel and Ovarense. Newly promoted Lusitania keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. CAB's next round opponent will be league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lusitania will play against Vitoria SC (#4) in Guimaraes.
Top scorers:
CAB: N.Menefee 28+3reb+7ast, F.Gentry 25+9reb+2ast, J.Coelho 14+2reb+2ast, J.Silva 8+6reb+8ast, F.Fernandes 5+1ast, S.Jackson 5+5reb+2ast
Lusitania: R.Cardoso 20+15reb+1ast, M.Camara 18+4reb+2ast, R.Franklin 10+3ast, D.Monteiro 9+1reb+2ast, C.Little 9+3reb+3ast, J.Robert 7+5reb
gschID: 101231




Proliga Round 21: Fisica beats Angrabasket in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Proliga.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Torres Vedras. Third ranked Fisica faced second-best Angrabasket. Host Fisica (15-6) defeated guests from Angra (14-7) 66-57. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Angrabasket. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-13. But Angrabasket won third quarter 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fisica looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jason Underwood (206-84, college: Centenary) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Carlos Dias (197-79) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Fisica moved-up to second place. Angrabasket at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Galitos FC. Fisica are looking forward to face Terceira Basket (#7) in Angra Heroismo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Angrabasket will play on the road against Alges (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Barcelos delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Electrico FC (9-12) 69-55. It was a good game for the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 24 rebounds and 4 assists. Joao Moreira contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jorge Afonso (192-79) answered with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Electrico FC. Electrico FC's coach Andriy Melnychuk rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barcelos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Electrico FC at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Barcelos will play against Sangalhos (#5) at home in the next round. Electrico FC will play against Maia Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Seixal (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-70 loss to sixth ranked Povoa (12-9) in Seixal on Saturday evening. Anthony jr. Oha stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Daniel Machado with 19 points. Seixal's coach Carlos Martins tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Povoa maintains sixth place with 12-9 record, which they share with Terceira Basket. Loser Seixal still closes the standings. Povoa will meet higher ranked Galitos FC (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Seixal will play against Guifoes (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Maia. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Sangalhos (13-8) to eleventh ranked Maia Basket (6-15) 57-56 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sangalhos. Joao Diamantino nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Maia Basket maintains eleventh place with 6-15 record. Sangalhos at the other side keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Maia Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Electrico FC (#8) in Ponte de Sor and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sangalhos will play on the road against the league's leader Barcelos where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last two games of round 21 Guifoes were defeated by Galitos FC in Barreiro 81-75. Alges were beaten by Terceira Basket at home 74-84.



Barcelos - Electrico FC 69-55

Leader Barcelos delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Electrico FC (9-12) 69-55. The hosts were ahead by 10 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-7 run, which allowed them to win the game. Barcelos dominated on the defensive end, holding Electrico FC to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Electrico FC's 28. Barcelos forced 21 Electrico FC turnovers and outrebounded them 48-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 24 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Joao Moreira (200-85) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Barcelos players scored in double figures. Swingman Jorge Afonso (192-79) answered with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Cape Verdean forward Denis Neves (197-78) added 7 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Electrico FC. Electrico FC's coach Andriy Melnychuk rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barcelos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Electrico FC at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Barcelos will play against Sangalhos (#5) at home in the next round. Electrico FC will play against Maia Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: J.Afonso 11+5reb+4ast, A.Medeiros 11+3reb, J.Lanzinha 7+3reb+1ast, D.Neves 7+11reb+1ast, E.Ferreira 6+4reb+4ast, B.Suca 6+1reb
Barcelos: P.Silva 16+24reb+4ast, J.Moreira 14+8reb+3ast, T.Barreiro 13+4reb+1ast, C.Fechas 12+2reb+9ast, R.Correia 5+5reb+1ast, I.Goncalves 4+1reb
gschID: 101367


Maia Basket - Sangalhos 57-56

A very interesting game took place in Maia. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Sangalhos (13-8) to eleventh ranked Maia Basket (6-15) 57-56 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sangalhos. Sangalhos were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 21-8 third quarter run of Maia Basket. They outrebounded Sangalhos 42-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. Forward Joao Diamantino (201-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and guard Rui Monteiro (185-77) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Nuno Bizarro (192-80) came up with 14 points and swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) added 12 points respectively for Sangalhos in the defeat. Maia Basket maintains eleventh place with 6-15 record. Sangalhos at the other side keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Maia Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Electrico FC (#8) in Ponte de Sor and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sangalhos will play on the road against the league's leader Barcelos where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Sangalhos: N.Bizarro 14+4reb+1ast, E.Silva 12+4reb+2ast, J.Carmo 9+2reb+1ast, F.Martins 7+7reb+1ast, L.Fonte 5+6reb+1ast, F.Mota 4+1reb+1ast
Maia Basket: R.Monteiro 17+6reb+3ast, A.Dara 14+8reb+3ast, J.Diamantino 12+14reb+1ast, J.Oliveira 7+1reb+2ast, M.Morais 4+6reb+1ast, L.Ferreira 3+2reb
gschID: 101368


Fisica - Angra 66-57

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Torres Vedras. Third ranked Fisica faced second-best Angrabasket. Host Fisica (15-6) defeated guests from Angra (14-7) 66-57. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Angrabasket. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-13. But Angrabasket won third quarter 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fisica looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jason Underwood (206-84, college: Centenary) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Carlos Dias (197-79) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Underwood is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Flavio Gomes (194-89) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Fisica moved-up to second place. Angrabasket at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Galitos FC. Fisica are looking forward to face Terceira Basket (#7) in Angra Heroismo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Angrabasket will play on the road against Alges (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Angra: T.Mack 16+11reb+1ast, O.Viera 10+2reb+1ast, F.Gomes 10+10reb, K.Jolley 9+6reb+2ast, J.Pereira 6+7reb+5ast, A.Kravtsov 4+4reb+1ast
Fisica: C.Dias 17+8reb+5ast, J.Underwood 16+13reb+2ast, R.Rodrigues 10+3reb+7ast, A.Sami 9+5reb+2ast, B.Freire 9+7reb+3ast, A.Cordeiro 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 101364


Seixal - Povoa 70-86

Bottom-ranked Seixal (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-70 loss to sixth ranked Povoa (12-9) in Seixal on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Povoa forced 24 Seixal turnovers and outrebounded them 40-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Anthony jr. Oha (198-83, college: Prairie View A&M) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Five Povoa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Daniel Machado (190-90) with 19 points and forward Renato Galveia (195-89) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Seixal's coach Carlos Martins tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Povoa maintains sixth place with 12-9 record, which they share with Terceira Basket. Loser Seixal still closes the standings. Povoa will meet higher ranked Galitos FC (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Seixal will play against Guifoes (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Seixal: D.Machado 19+2reb+1ast, R.Galveia 13+7reb, R.Sa 11+2ast, M.Gomes 9+1reb+3ast, A.Clerigo 8+2reb+3ast, T.Magalhaes 4+9reb+3ast
Povoa: A.jr. Oha 27+12reb+2ast, N.Oliveira 16+5reb+6ast, R.Coelho 13+8reb+2ast, A.Gomes 11+4reb, G.Ehiagwina 10+9reb+1ast, A.Silva 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 101365


Galitos FC - Guifoes 81-75

There was no surprise in Barreiro where 9th ranked Guifoes (7-14) were defeated by fifth ranked Galitos FC (14-7) 81-75. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Guifoes were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Galitos FC players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American swingman Malcolm Thomas (196-85, college: Widener) nailed 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Rui Quintino (196-83) accounted for 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Joao David (198) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Miguel Faria (187-80) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for Guifoes in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Galitos FC moved-up to third place, which they share with Angra. Newly promoted Guifoes keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Galitos FC's next round opponent will be Povoa (#6) at home. Guifoes will play against Seixal.
Top scorers:
Guifoes: M.Faria 16+1reb+4ast, J.David 14+7reb, P.Silva 12+2reb+5ast, P.Morais 11+7reb+1ast, O.Conceicao 9+8reb+2ast, A.Libanio 6+8reb+4ast
Galitos FC: M.Thomas 29+5reb+4ast, R.Quintino 18+12reb+4ast, A.Pires 12+3reb+9ast, M.SIKES 11+7reb, J.Ferreira 4+6reb, A.Almeida 4+7reb
gschID: 101366


Alges - Terceira Basket 74-84

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Terceira Basket (12-9) defeated on the road 9th ranked Alges (7-14) 84-74. Alges were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 28-14 charge of Terceira Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Alges turnovers. American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) nailed 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Durrell Nevels (198-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) accounted for 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. American forward Silvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Angolan forward Sergio Correia (197-85) added 19 points respectively for Alges in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Terceira Basket moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Povoa. Newly promoted Alges keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Terceira Basket's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Fisica in Torres Vedras and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alges will play at home against Angrabasket (#4).
Top scorers:
Alges: S.Correia 19+4reb+1ast, S.Spicer 17+12reb+1ast, F.Mendonca 16+4reb+3ast, N.Monteiro 11+2reb+5ast, R.Robalo 4+1reb+2ast, R.Ferreira 3+2reb+2ast
Terceira Basket: N.Bowie 28+7reb+6ast, D.Nevels 21+14reb, F.Tavares 14+3ast, D.Goncalves 11+1reb+3ast, D.Enes 5+1reb+1ast, A.Pontes 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 101363




Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Porto Ferpinta 20-1 
 2. Benfica 16-5 
 3. Academica 15-6 
 4. Vitoria SC 12-9 
 5. CAB 10-11 
 6. Ovarense 10-11 
 7. Penafiel 10-11 
 8. Sampaense 9-12 
 9. Ginasio 9-12 
 10. Lusitania 6-15 
 11. Illiabum 6-15 
 12. Barreirense 3-18 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Barcelos 17-4 
 2. Fisica 15-6 
 3. Galitos FC 14-7 
 4. Angra 14-7 
 5. Sangalhos 13-8 
 6. Povoa 12-9 
 7. Terceira Basket 12-9 
 8. Electrico FC 9-12 
 9. Guifoes 7-14 
 10. Alges 7-14 
 11. Maia Basket 6-15 
 12. Seixal 0-21 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Richard ORUCHE
  Ginasio
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 2. Luettgerodt, Sampa.20.6 
 3. Curnell, Barreirense20.5 
 4. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 5. Shaw, Academica19.1 
 6. Goode, Penafiel18.2 
 7. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 8. Eddie, Academica17.9 
 9. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.2 
 3. Robert, Lusitania10.0 
 4. Shaw, Academica9.6 
 5. Terrell, Porto F.9.1 
 6. Eddie, Academica9.0 
 7. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 9. Nolen, Penafiel8.5 
 10. Curnell, Barreirense8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Manarte, Ovarense7.2 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.0 
 3. Reveles, Ginasio5.7 
 4. Minhava, Benfica5.3 
 5. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 6. Simoes, Academica4.9 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Silva, CAB4.4 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.0 
 10. Andrade, Porto F.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.9 
 3. Goode, Penafiel2.8 
 4. Jackson, CAB2.5 
 5. Silva, CAB2.2 
 6. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.2 
 7. Holland, Academica2.2 
 8. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 9. Eddie, Academica2.0 
 10. Gentry, CAB1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Nolen, Penafiel1.3 
 3. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 4. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 6. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 7. Hartford, Ginasio1.0 
 8. Willis, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Gray, Sampaense1.0 
 10. Austin, Vitoria SC0.9 


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Gallitos de Isabela land Shavlik Randolph - by Eurobasket News
Gallitos de Isabela brought in former NBA player. They strengthened their frontcourt with addition of Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83, college: Duke). Last season the forward spent in the NBA. He started the season with the Miami Heat. Shavlik Randolph averaged 3.3 points and 4.3 boards per game. Later he moved to Portland. The forward notched 1.3 points per appearance for the Trail Blazers. Previously Shavlik Randolph played for the Philadelphia 76ers. Shavlik Randolph was named Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year back in 2001 while in High School. He also helped Duke reach NCAA Final Four in 2004.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Coamo 2-0 
 2. Isabela 2-0 
 3. Bayamon 1-1 
 4. Capitanes 1-1 
 5. Quebradillas 1-1 
 6. San German 1-1 
 7. Guaynabo 1-1 
 8. Humacao 1-1 
 9. Mayaguez 0-2 
 10. Santurce 0-2 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Hector ROMERO
  Mayaguez
  (202-F/C-80)
  Avg: 30
 1. Romero, Mayaguez30.0 
 2. Ayuso, Capitanes27.0 
 3. Villegas, Coamo24.5 
 4. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.8 
 5. Sanchez, Santurce19.7 
 6. Narvaez, Coamo19.0 
 7. Carmona, Mayaguez19.0 
 8. Jones, Quebradillas17.5 
 9. Johnson, Isabela17.0 
 10. Rice, San German16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.3 
 2. Lloreda, San G.12.0 
 3. Romero, Mayaguez11.0 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.0 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon10.5 
 6. Figueroa, Guaynabo9.8 
 7. Dyer, San German9.0 
 8. Aubry, Capitanes8.7 
 9. Lee, Bayamon8.5 
 10. Robinson, Humacao8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis CLINCH
  Isabela
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Clinch, Isabela7.5 
 2. Copeland, San G.6.5 
 3. Apodaca, Quebradillas5.8 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.3 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon5.0 
 6. Cruz, Capitanes4.7 
 7. Pagan, Santurce4.5 
 8. Jimenez, Mayaguez4.3 
 9. Huertas, Quebradillas4.3 
 10. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lewis CLINCH
  Isabela
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clinch, Isabela2.5 
 2. Apodaca, Quebradillas2.3 
 3. Rice, San German2.0 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon2.0 
 5. Ayuso, Capitanes2.0 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez2.0 
 7. Carmona, Mayaguez2.0 
 8. Cotto, Isabela2.0 
 9. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 10. Cruz, Capitanes2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hector ROMERO
  Mayaguez
  (202-F/C-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Romero, Mayaguez4.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.3 
 3. Shannon, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Lloreda, San G.2.0 
 5. Sanchez, Santurce1.7 
 6. Lee, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Jones, Quebradillas1.5 
 8. Traylor, Bayamon1.5 
 9. Pellot-Rosa, San G.1.5 
 10. Freije, Coamo1.5 


Athletics get win as they open at Home - by Luis Ramirez
With the Pirates visiting the Athletics, it was a full arena as San German was playing their first game at their home arena. The game started with a fast pace and both teams were accurate from long range. At the first time out the score was 13-12 in favor of the Athletics. The long ball especially from Donald Copland gave San German the 1st quarter which ended 26-21.
In the 2nd quarter Quebradillas started moving the ball better and cut the lead to just 3 points 34-31 with 5:08 left in the half. The Pirates were able to tie the game with just over 3 minutes left in the half. The Pirates got a 3 pointer from Daniel Brown to take the lead and Rick Apodaca followed up with a layup to put the Pirates in front 43-40 with 1:17 to go. The half would end with this score and both teams failed to make a bucket as time expired at the half.
In the 3rd quarter, both teams traded lead in the first half of the quarter. Daniel Brown made consecutive 3 pointers to put the Pirates up by 60-55 with 2:50 to go in the quarter. The Athletics were able to tie the score at 64 points with less than a minute to go. The quarter ended with Quebradillas up by 1, 76-66 as Darius Rice dunked the ball for San German at the buzzer.
In the 4th quarter, the game became very intense as emotions were high on both teams, with 7:52 it was Quebradillas 72-66. With a 3 pointer from Carlos Strong San German was able to regain the lead briefly as the Pirates would get consecutive baskets from Joel Jones to put the Pirates up again by 3 points 78-75 with 4:27 to go in the game. Jessie Pellot made a crucial basket and got a and one as he also made the free throw to put San German in the lead once again 81-78 with under 3 minutes of play. When San German was already savoring a victory, the Pirates made a 3 pointer and caused a turnover by San German to put some drama into the game as the Athletics led 86-81 with just 37 seconds left on the clock. San German withstood the pressure by the Pirates to take the win. The game ended 90-84.

For San German, it was Donald Copeland (177-PG-84, college: Seton Hall) with 19 points followed by Jaime Lloreda and Jessie Pellot both with 18 points.

For Quebradillas, Daniel Brown scored 23 points followed by Peter John Ramos with 13 points.

In other action around the League, Coamo beat the Bayamon Cowboys 81-79 with 23 points from Johwen Villegas who also grabbed 10 rebounds followed by Manuel Narvaez with 21 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds.

In the last game of the night, the Isabela Gallitos beat the Mayaguez Indians 60-57. For Isabela, Lewis Clinch and Shavlik Randolph both scored 14 points. Randolph hauled in 20 rebounds for the Gallitos. For Mayaguez, the only player who was able to score in double digits was Hector Romero with 15 points and 9 rebounds.



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Westley to Al Gharrafah - by Ali Ahmed